Study module in Corporate Responsibility

A cross-disciplinary module in corporate responsibility offered by HANKEN. Read below to know more about it!

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The application round for the academic year 2019-21 is now closed! Applications for 2020-22 will open in mid-April 2020. 

In today's business environment firms need to have capacity and knowledge to deal with issues, impacts and risks concerning stakeholder relations, environmental degradation, human rights, gender aspects, corporate governance, ethical conduct and other sustainability issues. To meet this need Hanken offers a study module in Corporate Responsibility (CR), which is designed to provide anyone residing in Finland and interested in CR with an in-depth understanding of issues related to CR from different stakeholder perspectives. 

The study module is an important part of Hanken's endorsement of PRME - the Principles for Responsible Management Education (for further info see UN PRME and sustainable development at Hanken).

The aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about CR regardless of their major subject and educational background. The study module takes a cross-disciplinary approach combining courses from different subjects- Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility, Politics and Business, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Management and Organisation, Finance, Commercial Law, Economics, and Corporate Governance. Hence, the module is not a part of any specific subject/department at Hanken, however,  it is administered by the subject of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility.

The minimum credits needed to complete the study module is 25 ECTS within a period of maximum two years  and can be registered, similar to a minor subject, as a study module on your bachelor's or master's degree or can be taken as a stand-alone module if you are not pursuing any degree (See module brochure below and more information below on how to apply to the module as stand-alone studies).

CR Module Brochure 2019.pdf


A current student Heidi Heinonen says ''The study module in corporate responsibility at Hanken has been an excellent occasion for me to deepen my knowledge of the CSR both from the environmental and social point of view. I like the way my professors have encouraged critical thinking. Courses include both academic and corporate perspectives that help to broaden the vision of the complex world we are living in and to tackle challenges modern societies are encountering currently.

Courses in the module

The courses that can be taken within the module at Hanken are listed in WebOodi ( under Corporate Responsibility Helsinki 2018-2019 (if you end up on the WebOodi login page, choose "Study handbooks" -> "Corporate Responsibility, Helsinki, 2018-2019" -> Courses).  However, please note that this list is only indicative of the courses that wll be offered in 2019-20. See below, the preliminary list of courses for 2019-20.


CR Module_preliminary list of courses 2019-20

Please note that for students who are not degree students at Hanken, you can only take courses available at Helsinki campus.


If you are a degree student at Hanken:

Hanken students can take any course from the list without any restrictions. They can also take comparable elective courses at other universities in Finland or abroad, which have to be approved by the coordinator of the study module. If you want to include courses taken at other universities in the study module, we recommend you to first check with the coordinator ( that the course can be included in the module. If you need to apply for a JOO-study right, make sure to check deadlines on time. In order have it marked as a minor in your transcripts and degree, you need minimum 25 ECTS

Degree students in Vaasa should choose courses offered only at Vaasa campus. Currently, there are eight courses (including 1140-V 'Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility')  and together they are enough to obtain 25 credits, but there are not a wide range of courses to choose from. Therefore, students if they wish, can complement with courses taken at other universities in Finland or abroad. Please note that courses that you want to include in the study module should not be a part of any other study program (major or minor studies).

Students at Hanken who complete the module/minor can have it marked on their transcripts. However, please note that courses that you want to include in the study module should not be a part of any other study program (major or minor studies). Also, note that you have to apply to have it marked in your transcripts; see instructions below.


If you are NOT a degree student at Hanken:

Students who are not degree students at Hanken can only include courses offered at Hanken (only in Helsinki campus) in the module. The applicants will need to fill out an online form and the last date of the application is Sunday, June 2nd, 2019. The link to the form can be found here. You will need to upload your CV and write a short motivation letter as part of the application.

The number of seats and eligibility for the module as stand-alone studies:

  • Hanken offers 30 seats to non-degree students. Please note, this number does not include degree students at Hanken, who can take the module without any limitations.
  • The applicant should be resident in Finland and should have an interest and/or background in CR and this should be clearly mentioned in the motivation letter. Please note that it is not a requirement that he/she should be registered as a student in any University in Finland.
  • You are able to participate in the compulsory introductory lessons on Tuesday 27th August (9:00-12:30) and on 3rd September (9:00-12:30). 

Have some questions? Check out the FAQs:


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CR Module FAQs


In case you need more information or some clarification, please contact

Application process for non-degree students

Please fill out the form (online) by Sunday June 2nd, 2019. You need to briefly state your motivation and upload your CV. Please note that the applications without motivation text and CV and sent after the deadline will not be entertained.

a. Acceptance and Waiting List


On the basis of the applications, we will select 30 students. The admissions letter will be sent to all the accepted students on Monday June 10th 2019 and they will have to inform us of their acceptance or rejection of the study place by Monday June 17th 2019. 


We also have a waiting lisit for other students who are in our second preference! So if some students who are in first 30, do not accept their study place by Monday June 17th, the place will be offered to students on the waiting list.

Key dates for Hanken CR Module 2019


b. Study Plan


All the students who accept their study place will be required to send us a Study Plan, outlining the list of courses they want to study by Sunday September 1st 2019 after the first compulsory session on Tuesday August 27th. Detailed information on this will be sent to accepted students.



How to apply for having the study module marked in your transcript (for Hanken Students) and certificate of completion

When you have obtained 25 ECTS that can be included in the study module, you should:

1. Make sure none of the courses you want to include in the module is included in any other study programme (major or minor studies) in your degree if you are a degree student.

2. Send a list of the courses you attended and want to be included in the study module to studycounsellor-hki(at) or visit the study counselors during opening hours.

The opening hours for study counseling

  • Mon 13-16
  • Wed 9-12
  • Thu 13-16

If you are taking the CR module as stand-alone module, you will then receive a certificate of completion as well as transcripts. Please contact once you have finished the module!

Related pages

PRME - UN:s Principles for Responsible Management Education

Sustainable development at Hanken

Social responsibility at Hanken