Study module in Corporate responsibility

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

Application for 2018-20 are closed now! The next application round will open in April 2019 for 2019-21.

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 and more information below on how to apply to the module as stand-alone studies).

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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 2017-2018 (if you end up on the WebOodi login page, choose "Study handbooks" -> "Corporate Responsibility, Helsinki, 2017-2018" -> Courses).  However, please note that this list is only indicative of the courses that wll be offered in 2018-19. See below, the preliminary list of courses for 2018-19. Please note that is subject to changes as we are currently revising course names, credits and such. 



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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 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).


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 2018-2020 will open on Monday, April 23rd, 2018. The applicants will need to fill out an online form and the last date of the application is Sunday, June 3rd, 2018. The link to the form is: This link will be active from 9 a.m. on Monday April 23rd 2018. 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 21st August (9:00-12:15) and on 28th August (9:00-12:15). 

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 Sunday June 3rd, 2018. You need to briefly state your motivation and upload your CV. Please note that the applications without the 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 Tuesday June 5th 2018 and they will have to inform us of their acceptance or rejection of the study place by Friday June 15th. 
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 18th, the place will be offered to students on the waiting list.
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 Friday August 24th after the first compulsory session on Tuesday August 21st. 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

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