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Corporate Social Responsibility: the Quest for Business Sustainability

  • Qualification:

    Postgraduate unit

  • Study mode:

    Online

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne University of Technology

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

This unit investigates corporate social responsibility from several angles. Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University offer students the opportunity to gain an understanding of stakeholder relationships, the triple bottom line, and corporate codes of conduct - all of which are of increasing importance to businesses around the world. Corporate codes of conduct will be discussed, as will monitoring and compliance.

Students will also develop an understanding of industry and organisational perspectives on corporate social responsibility, and will learn to identify the ways in which corporate social responsibility requirements and expectations influence individual organisations. Students will consider the case for voluntary corporate social responsibility actions as opposed to the case for regulatory control, as well as discussing the nature of accountability in industry.

The unit also focuses on supply chain management as the complexity of modern supply chains means companies will need to overhaul current processes if they wish to be more socially responsible. Corporate social responsibility will be considered on both global and local scales, and global initiatives and community engagement will be analysed and evaluated.

 

Eligibility

Applicants must be accepted into the following courses to be eligible to complete this unit:

  • Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University
  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University
  • Master of Commerce, Swinburne University

Applicants cannot enrol in this unit if they have completed this unit before.

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University
  • Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University
  • Master of Technology (Business Systems), Swinburne University
  • Master of Commerce, Swinburne University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this corporate social responsibility unit, the topics you will study include:

  • What is CSR?
  • CSR and the triple bottom line
  • CSR and economic sustainability
  • CSR and social responsibility
  • CSR and environmental responsibility
  • CSR: Global initiatives
  • CSR: the business case
  • The diversity in corporate support for CSR: case studies
  • Regulatory initiatives and government controls
  • CSR and public private partnerships
  • CSR: the case for voluntary or regulatory control
  • CSR: tools for quality and accountability
  • CSR: your industry and your organisation
  • CSR: organisation and culture
  • CSR: corporate citizenship and community engagement
  • CSR: The way forward
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Career outcomes

As corporate social responsibility and sustainability come to the forefront of business transactions and activities, having a deeper understanding of CSR will help you stay at the forefront of industry movements and give your business career an vital edge. By studying this unit you will gain an understanding of the global issues relating to corporate social responsibility, including those classed as environmental, economic and social problems.

You will also develop a critical understanding of the arguments for voluntary social responsibility, as well as the arguments for legal or regulatory control. By completing this unit you will also develop and demonstrate career skills such as professionalism, problem solving skills, integrity, decision making, and ethical awareness.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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