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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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KATLITO7 Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Business Studies
Responsible Business
Person in charge
Nikodemus Solitander, nikodemus.solitander(a)hanken.fi; Yewondwossen Tesfaye, yewondwossen.tesfaye(a)hanken.fi

Learning outcomes

2017-2018: Students will develop a basic understanding of the key concepts and perspectives that form the basis for Corporate Responsibility in relation to different business disciplines.

After completing the course, the student is able to:
- define and apply key concepts and perspectives regarding corporate responsibility (CSR)
- identify relevant issues and analyze the challenges related to corporate responsibility in selected industries.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- define and apply key concepts and perspectives regarding CSR
- identify relevant issues and analyze the challenges related to corporate responsibility in selected industries
- describe the role of CSR in business and in relation to wider international political and economic relations
- describe the different aspects through which organizational practices can be CSR oriented
- apply key concepts of CSR in their daily work


2017-2018: The course provides students an introduction to key concepts and perspectives that describe the challenges, opportunities and risks that companies face regarding their social and environmental responsibilities. In the course, students have the opportunity to apply concepts and perspectives to different cases.

Definitions and historical roots
- Historical roots ? sustainable development
- Definitions of CSR
- Why CSR matters ? the business case
- Stakeholder salience
Regulatory aspects
- Political CSR
- CSPs and CSR
- MSIs and CSR
- CSR and human rights
- CSR ? minimum wage and living wage
Human resource, supply and consumption
- HRM and CSR
- CSR and supply chain
- CSR and sustainable consumption
Relational aspects
- CSR and communication
- CSR and corruption
- CSR and leadership
CSR and responsible investment

This course is taught in English.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
In English
In English
Participation in course work 
In English

2017-2018: Course has individual and group assignments.

Learning process and assignments:
The course is divided into four parts, which means students need to individually complete one part per week, but it is possible to complete the parts faster than that. In order to complete the parts, the student needs to watch all the clips, read the corresponding chapters from the textbook, and pass all the quizzes.

Final essay:
Students will write the midterm essay in groups of 3 to 4 ? it is also possible to work on the assignment alone or in a pair but the requirements remain the same. In order to find groupmates, students can use the forum that is especially meant for this purpose. It is enough for one student per group to submit the assignment.
The final essay is graded by other students ? the final grade is calculated as an average of the grades, every student needs to grade other students? essays in order to pass.

2018-2019: The course has individual and group assignments.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
2017-2018: Essay; Peer-grading (60%) Quizzes (40%) 2018-2019:Grading on a scale from 1 to 5. The grade is composed of: - Quizzes (30%) - Two short reflections (each 15%/total 30%) - Case analysis: Final assignment (40%)

Study materials

2017-2018: Pedersen, E. R. G. (ed.) (2015) Corporate Social Responsibility. London: Sage.

2018-2019: The link to primary reading materials will be provided on the learning platform.

Further information

January-February 2019

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Management
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Management