- Class Number 3459
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Sally Curtis
- Dr Sally Curtis
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
Business cannot operate without the people who are its stakeholders, and the social and human capital that they provide. This course builds on MGMT2001 to give students a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between business and its social stakeholders, and how that relationship is best managed by business. Topics include defining and managing the relationship with stakeholders; and building, capturing value from, and protecting social capital.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse the interrelationship between an business and its social stakeholders by applying appropriate theories, models, and/or frameworks ;
- Formulate appropriate policies and strategies to manage the interrelationship between business and its social stakeholders that enable outcomes that are both economically and socially sustainable
- Communicate these policies and strategies both in writing and orally to stakeholders to engender business support for socially-sustainable outcomes
This course introduces students to research concerned with corporate social responsibility and illustrates ways in which findings of empirical research can be applied to business decisions to improve business and societal outcomes.
Class delivery: Each seminar consists of a Lecture and Tutorial part. Lectures may be streamed live through ZOOM or pre-recorded and made available on Echo360 and Wattle; and a discussion-based tutorial will be carried out both face-to-face and online synchronously and recorded through ZOOM.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
There is no examination for this course.
Textbook: Chandler, David. (2020). Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Sustainable value creation (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
The textbook is available on 2 hour loan at the library. It is also available as an e-book for students wishing to acquire the book at a more affordable cost.
Print textbook: https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b6458687
Online textbook: https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b6849267
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
· Weekly online practice MCQ sets designed to evaluate learning on each topic. These are non-examinable.
· Quiz 1 is designed to give students feedback on their progress with weekly topic prior to the break.
· Assessment Items 2 and 3
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals.
- Students will receive ongoing feedback related to their performance in the simulation via the simulation website (in the form of a team score).
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture Course Administration and Introduction||Reading: Chapter 1 Assessment: Learning journal due 5pm Friday|
|2||Lecture and Tutorial Driving Forces of Corporate Social Responsibility||Reading: Chapter 2 Assessment: Learning journal due 5pm Friday|
|3||Lecture and Tutorial Stakeholder Theory Social Risk Introduction to CSR Simulation||Reading: Chapter 3 Assessment: Learning journal due 5pm Friday|
|4||Lecture and Tutorial Corporate Stakeholder Responsibility Class Discussion: Simulation Year 1||Reading: Chapter 4 Assessment: Learning journal due 5pm Friday Assessment: Simulation Year 1 (due before the tutorial)|
|5||Lecture and Tutorial Corporate Rights & Responsibilities Owns the Corporation? Class Discussion: Case Study 1||Reading: Chapter 5 & 6 Assessment: Learning journal due 5pm Friday Case Study 1|
|6||Lecture and Tutorial Markets & Profits Class Discussion: Simulation Year 2||Reading: Chapter 7 Assessment: Simulation Year 2 (due before the tutorial)|
|7||Lecture and Tutorial Incentives and Compliance Class Discussion: Case Study 2||Reading: Chapter 8 Case Study 2|
|8||Lecture and Tutorial ?Accountability Class Discussion: Simulation Year 3||Reading: Chapter 8 Assessment: Simulation Year 3 (due before the tutorial)|
|9||Lecture and Tutorial Strategy and CSR I Class Discussion: Case Study 3||Reading: Chapter 9 Case Study 3|
|10||Lecture and Tutorial Strategy and CSR II Social Capital Class Discussion: Simulation Year 4||Reading: Chapter 10 and 11 Assessment: Simulation Year 4 (due before the tutorial)|
|11||Lecture and Tutorial Sustainable Value Creation Class Discussion: Case Study 4||Reading: Chapter 12 Case Study 4|
|12||Lecture and Tutorial Class Discussion: Simulation Year 5 Course Wrap-Up||Assessment: Simulation Year 5 (due before Friday tutorial) Research paper due: 4pm Fri 28 May|
The Tutorial (and Lecture) are combined within the weekly seminar, that uses 'dual delivery' to allow both on-campus and off-campus students to learn together, with the course convener.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Written Learning journal - individual assessment (30%)||30 %||26/03/2021||29/04/2021||1|
|Weekly Case Study Discussion and Decision Making - group assessment (30%)||30 %||18/03/2021||04/06/2021||1,2,3|
|Research Paper - individual assessment (40%)||40 %||28/05/2021||01/07/2021||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Active participation in tutorials is an important component of the course. Assessment task 2 requires students to form a group and participate in a simulation along with active discussion each week. Group formation will be coordinated within the tutorials.
There is no examination for this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
Written Learning journal - individual assessment (30%)
Student attendance and participation in the tutorial is vital to learning in this course. Tutorials provide a forum for structured discussion, problem solving, argument, and opinion on topics and issues canvassed in this course. Each student is expected to make a consistent, informed, and considered contribution to tutorial discussion and debate. Students will be expected to come class prepared and to have read the assigned reading for each tutorial.
To facilitate learning in this course students are also required to submit a weekly entry between 300 and 600 words in a Learning Journal on Wattle. This submission should draw on your learning from tutorial discussions, readings and participation in the simulation. The following criteria will apply:
- Contributes in tutorial discussions: evidence that student has completed the pre-reading and applies ideas in class discussion. Respectful of others in discussions.
- Critical thinking: assesses and evaluates perspectives, knowledge, and opinions gained from course concepts and experience. Links these assessments to own perspectives and opinions on the issue;
- Self-criticism: demonstrates ability to question own biases, stereotypes, preconceptions, and/or assumptions and define new modes of thinking as a result;
- Self-disclosure: seeks to understand concepts by examining own experiences openly as they relate to the topic. Demonstrates an open, non-defensive ability to self-appraise;
- Interconnectedness: obtains deeper insights by making connections between weekly posts.
Tutorials will be offered both in-person and via zoom to ensure students can participate in tutorials whether they are based in Canberra or elsewhere.
Learning Journal Submission
***Late submission or extensions are not permitted for the Learning Journal. Late submissions will not be accepted***
Due Date: Friday of Week 1-5 (assessable Week 2-5)
Submission Form: Turnitin
Feedback: Developmental feedback will be provided at the end of week 3 via Turnitin.
Return of Assessment: A final mark and feedback will be provided by the end of week 6.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Weekly Case Study Discussion and Decision Making - group assessment (30%)
One of the learning outcomes of this course involves students analyzing the interrelationship between business and its stakeholders and formulating strategies to manage these relationships to achieve outcomes that are both economically and socially sustainable. This assessment is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to do this by participating in a case study exercise spanning several weeks.
In the case study, your group of three students will assume the role of a newly appointed Corporate Responsibility and Ethics Officer (CREO) for a fictional cell phone company, K-Tai Inc. As the firm’s new CREO, you will work within a budget to set up the CREO’s office, employ personnel, and respond to various scenarios that are presented to you over multiple years of operations. The scenarios in the case emerge from the firm’s wide range of stakeholders, and the CREO’s responses have consequences at the individual, firm, and industry levels. The focus of the case study, therefore, is to present students with a range of issues to address from a broad stakeholder perspective. That is, think through the implications of each decision for each of the firm’s stakeholders, attempting to create the most value for as many stakeholder groups as possible. The more students take into account the interests and needs of the firm’s broad range of stakeholders, the better you will perform in this assessment.
The case study spans 5 years of operations. After each year of decisions, your group will be asked to write a short memo justifying the choices that you made and submit this on Turnitin. After each ‘year’, at the beginning of the next seminar, we will discuss each group's decisions and your reasons for making them. Students will be required to self-select into groups of 3 in week 3.
Assignment Brief: Further details about the case study including an Assignment Brief and marking rubric will be provided on WATTLE at the beginning of semester.
Submission: Assignment link on WATTLE.
Return of Assessment: within two weeks of final decision submission.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Research Paper - individual assessment (40%)
For this assignment, students will conduct research about a topic that relates to business and its social stakeholders. Students will need to present an overview of their research about the issue, building an argument that the issue at stake is important. Then, you will examine relevant academic literature, public policy, and industry reports and publications to understand the issue from an evidence-based perspective. You will make actionable recommendations for business and/or public policy about the issue.
Students will have a choice of topics. These will be outlined in the Assignment Brief available on Wattle at the beginning of semester and discussed at length in the Assignment briefing in lecture.
The research paper is designed to test critical thinking, problem solving, and research skills. Students are expected to draw upon research evidence and theory from scholarly journal articles.
Harvard referencing is required, a guide is available at: https://library.sydney.edu.au/subjects/downloads/citation/Harvard_Complete.pdf
Word limit: 3,000 words.
Assessment brief: Available on Wattle at the beginning of semester.
Rubric: A marking rubric will be available on WATTLE at the beginning of semester.
Due Date: 4pm Friday 28th May
Submission Form: Turnitin
Return of Assessment: after final grades are released
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Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment task 1 is not permitted.
Late submission of assessment tasks 2 and 3 without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
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See details in assessment schedule above.
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Resubmission of Assignments
Re-submission of assignments is not allowed in this course.
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Dr Sally Curtis