38021 Corporate Sustainability, 5 cr

Intermediate studies
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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 business perspective . 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
  • understand 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.

Total Student Workload: 

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

  • Lectures and guest lectures (attendance to intro session mandatory)
  • Film showings;
  • Individual and group assignments;
  • Role-play (attendance mandatory)
Literature and Course Material: 

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


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.

Recommended Time of Performance: 

2nd year B.Sc.; or 2nd course in Study Module in Corporate Responsibility at Hanken, for further info see  www.hanken.fi/csr-module, any level

Equivalent Courses: 

Students who have completed the earlier 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: 5