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Programme Master in Management
Academic Year Academic Year 2023/2024
Module/course Code NA01
Delivery location Berlin
Language English
Course type Elective courses 30h
Contact hours 30
Semester Spring
Module name Corporate Social Responsibility
Field (Discipline) Others


Module/course Summary

​Corporate social
responsibility focuses on how managers can implement strategies in relation to
corporate social responsibility issues in their organisation. This course
explores the relationship between the self-interest of the corporation to
create value and generate profits, and the responsibilities of business to the
society in which it operates. It focuses on the economic, ecological, legal and
ethical considerations involved in addressing the responsibilities of
businesses to all of the corporate stakeholders, including shareholders,
employees, customers, regulators, suppliers, communities, and society
generally. Some of the topics covered include economic change, ecological
values versus economic values and global aspects of corporate social

Upon completion of
this subject, students should be argue for and against the business case for
social corporate responsibility, understand the issues related to the
successful implementation of corporate social responsibility agendas, manage
the corporate social responsibility process effectively and efficiently, and
report in an appropriate way about activities in corporate social
responsibility. Additionally, students should be aware of useful political
strategies and political roles for corporations.

The primary aim of
the course is to deepen students’ awareness of social issues and provide them
with the critical knowledge how business practices can be improved with
corporate social responsibility. In the process of exploring these issues and
raising questions, we will draw on a wide body of theories including the
humanities, management theory, and the social sciences. Among the most
important goals of this course are: (1) to jointly examine thoughtfully ideas
and perspectives in the field of corporate social responsibility and extend
these ideas/perspectives to administrative practice and decision making; and
(2) to enhance our social sensibility and expand our capacity for moral
inquiry, dialogue, and decision making in ways that will be useful in our
professional and civic lives.