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Business and Society

Module titleBusiness and Society
Module codeBEP1010
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr David Monciardini (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




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Module description

This module is designed to help you to broaden your understanding of the relationships between business and society through a focus on responsibility. Throughout the module you will be engaging in case study work, debate and independent research. Your adaptability will be assessed through exercises that will challenge you to examine Business and Society from a variety of perspectives.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aims of this module are to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the relationships between business and society
  • Explore emerging trends in the environment in which business operates
  • Consider the responsibilities of different groups and individuals in contemporary society

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Explain the complexities that characterise the relationships between business and society at different levels of governance
  • 2. Analyse core concepts that relate to societal responsibility, including managers' liability; corporate governance; corporate responsibility' and corporate accountability
  • 3. Demonstrate awareness of the different areas of responsibility, including: individual, organisational, social and environmental

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Engage with different ways of understanding
  • 5. Select and synthesize material from a range of sources (both academic and practitioner based) to support key ideas and recommendations
  • 6. Conduct research independently

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Analyse, communicate and present ideas, principles and evidence (in both oral and written form) that support a reasoned and consistent argument
  • 8. Engage independently with practical tasks
  • 9. Successfully participate in debates

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction
  • Business in society
  • Case studies
  • CSR in practice
  • Value creation in 21 century
  • Sustainable business strategy
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace
  • Markets, norms and democracy
  • Responsibility and the natural environment
  • Business and law
  • Innovation
  • Responsibility in a global age

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activity10Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activity9Tutorials
Guided independent study131To be managed by the student to take account of practical work requirements and individual study and preparation for the open book examination

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Tutor feedback on independent research, in- class debate on a case study (groups of 4-5 students)1-hour small group debate of a case study1-8Written and verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Completion of a ‘Challenge Log’50Use of online platform to create a ‘active learning log’ completing a portfolio of tasks1-8Written
Final examination: January50Open book examination with materials (readings, case studies, students’ own notes and research) allowed1-8Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Coursework - ‘Challenge Log’ (50%)Use of online platform to create a ‘active learning’ log (50%)1-7July/August assessment period
Final examination: January (50%)Examination – essay questions (50%)1-7July/August assessment period

Re-assessment notes

A student if deferred via a single component will be reassessed in that component only.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

 There is no recommended textbook. Books of a general nature that cover substantial parts of the syllabus are:

  • D. Needle,(2015) Business in Context. An Introduction to Business and its Environment (6th Edition); Cengage
  • Carroll, A.. B. & A. K. Buchholtz,(2015) Business & Society. Ethics, Sustainability, and Stakeholder Management (9th Edition);Cengage
  • P. Kelly & A. Ashwin (2013), The Business Environment. Cengage

A more comprehensive bibliography will be available to students taking this course.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources


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Responsibility, Business, Society, Business BSc

Credit value15
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