Courses Corporate Sustainability

38021 Corporate Sustainability , 5 sp

Intermediate studies
Teaching language
Course description

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The overall aim of the course is to give you insights of the key concepts, challenges and and practices that underpin sustainable development from the perspective of business organizations and their stakeholders. Central themes are: Corporate Responsibility (CR), stakeholder dynamics; business ethics; consumer society; social entrepreneurship; developing country challenges.

The course can be taken as part of the Study Module in Corporate Responsibility.

Learning Goal

You have a critical understanding of some of the current, most central issues of sustainable development and the main future challenges from a business perspective.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • identify recent, historical and emerging issues of Corporate Responsibility (CR)
  • create a vocabulary that helps justify actions, values and beliefs related to the course themes
  • identify relevant theoretical frameworks to apply in CR issues
  • analyse a variety of perspectives and critiques of CR
  • engage in constructive dialogue with stakeholders holding conflicting opinions
  • produce theoretically grounded critical analyses in written form
International Learning Experience

The course focuses on global problems and questions.

  • Lectures and guest lectures (attendance to intro-session mandatory)
  • Film showings;
  • Individual and group assignments;
  • Role-play (attendance mandatory)
Total Student Workload

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 34 (30hrs classes and 4 hrs roleplay)
Non-scheduled work: 100

Recommended Time of Performance

2nd year B.Sc.; or 2nd course in Study Module in Corporate Responsibility at Hanken, for further info see, any level


Written weekly individual assignments (80%)
Role-play in class and group work preceeding it (20%)

All parts of the course need to be passed in the same academic year.

Articles will be specified by the instructor, max 300 p.

Students who have completed the course Corporate Sustainability (8 ECTS, course code 3859) cannot take this course.

Non-degree studies (Open University, JOO and Contract Studies)

Quota for JOO-students: 5
Quota for the Open University: 15