Courses Social Responsibility across Business Studies

9996 Social Responsibility across Business Studies , 3 sp

Advanced studies
Teaching language
Course description

The course provides master’s students an introduction to key concepts and perspectives that describe the challenges, opportunities and risks that mainly companies – but also governments, other organizations and more broadly societies – face regarding social and environmental responsibilities. In the course, students have the opportunity to learn about perspectives on social responsibility from many subjects at Hanken (with videos relating to accounting, commercial law, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information systems, management, marketing, politics and business, and supply chain management).
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are introduced through videos too and some of their targets that are particularly relevant to business are emphasized.
The course is mandatory for all master's degree students at Hanken who have started their master's studies 1.8.2018 or after.
Student who have begun their studies before 1.8.2018 can take the Global Competence module as two different parts of their degree:
- New seminar course 5 credits (given from 2019-2020 onwards) + Global competence module 5 credits both within the 90 credits major subject/track specific studies OR
- old seminar course 12 credits (given last time 2018-2019) within 90 credits major subject, and Global competence module 5 credits outside the 90 credits major subject/track specific studies as free electives.
External students can take the course as part of the study module in Corporate Responsibility.

Learning Goal

You have a basic knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and perspectives that form the basis for social responsibility and sustainable development in relation to different business disciplines, with more emphasis on your own major or programme track.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • define and apply key concepts and perspectives regarding social responsibility (SR) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR/CR)
  • connect social responsibility challenges and opportunities to different business school disciplines
  • connect social responsibility challenges and opportunities to your own discipline (major or programme track)
  • understand how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) connect to social responsibility challenges and opportunities
International Learning Experience

The issues dealt with in the course are international. Some of the videos used in the course are produced by foreign business schools (in a partnership with Hanken regarding learning on SDGs).

Target Group

Hanken degree students on master's level within all major subjects and external students taking the Corporate Responsibilty module only.


Moodle-based video lectures from different disciplines.
Moodle-based video lectures from Hanken and partner schools within the PRME Champions network CR3+ (an international study experience) on the UN SDGs.

Total Student Workload

80 hours divided into
Scheduled contact hours: 0 h
Non-scheduled work: 80 h

Recommended Time of Performance

First or second year of master's studied according to subject's recommended study path.


Video-based quizzes: students need to watch all the videos, take all the quizzes and score at least 50 % to pass the course.
Final assignment, adapted to own major / programme track: an essay with 3-4 pages of text + references, i.e. about 5 pages in all. It will be assessed by an examiner from the student’s own major, on a pass/fail basis and as part of the assurance of learning system.

The below textbook serves as inspiration for a number of video lectures in the course. It is not mandatory reading but can supplement the learning of the students in a useful way.

  • Pedersen, E. R. G. (ed.) (2015) Corporate Social Responsibility. London: Sage.

Additional literature from different disciplines where applicable.

Students who have completed the earlier course 22015 Corporate Responsibility Across Business Studies (4 credits) within management and organisation cannot take this course.
Students who will complete the seminar course according to the new study plans as 5 credits and have completed the earlier course 22015 can include the course 22015 as a mandatory course within their major subject instead of 9996.