Study module in Corporate responsibility

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

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, diversity and sustainability, and management ethics. The study module is an important part of Hanken's endorsement of PRME - the Principles for Responsible Management Education (for further info see; and

The aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about CR regardless of their major subject. The study module takes a cross-disciplinary approach combining and adding a variety of perspectives CR, gender, diversity and sustainability in organisations from 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 at Hanken. The module is administered by the subject of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility.

The study module is 25 ECTS credits 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 information below on how to apply to the module as stand-alone studies).

Students who complete the module 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.

Courses in the module

The courses that can be taken within the module at Hanken are listed in WebOodi ( under Corporate Responsibility Helsinki 2016-2017 (if you end up on the WebOodi login page, choose "Study handbooks" -> "Corporate Responsibility, Helsinki, 2016-2017" -> Courses). The courses for 2017-18 will be updated soon. You can find the preliminary list of courses for 2017-18, but please note that this list is subject to minor changes.



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 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 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.

Students in Vaasa should choose courses in the way that the module comprises a minimum of 25 ECTS. Currently, there are five 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).


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 application period for 2017-2018 will open on Monday, May 15th, 2017. The applicants will need to fill out an online form and the last date of the application is Sunday, July 16th, 2017. The link to the form is: This link will be active from 9 a.m. on 15th May.

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 interest or background in CSR. 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, August 22nd, 2017 at 8:30- 11:45 and Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 12:30- 15:45.

In case you need more information on eligibility and requirements, please contact

Application process for non-degree students

Please fill out the form (online) that will available on this page by July 16th, 2017. Please note that the applications sent after this date will not be entertained.


a. Acceptance and Waiting List
The first 30 students who will be sent an admissions letter on July 17th, 2017 and will have to inform us of their acceptance or rejection of the study place by July 26th. 
For the first time, we have decided to have a waiting list for the module. So if some students who are in first 30, do not accept their study place by July 26th, the place will be offered to students on the waiting list in the order of their receipt of application.
b. Study Plan
All the students who accept their study place will be required to send us a Study Plan by latest August 16th, 2017. Detailed information on this will be sent to accepted students.

How to apply for having the study module marked in your transcript

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


Related pages

PRME - UN:s Principles for Responsible Management Education

Sustainable development at Hanken

Social responsibility at Hanken