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KATVAA14 Business, Society and Nature (Option 2 Independent study and essay) 5 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Degree Programme in Business Studies
Responsible Business
Faculty of Management

Learning outcomes

The student understands of the linkages between business, society and nature. The student knows the principles of environmental responsibility and corporate sustainability. The student recognises challenges and opportunities related to sustainability issues, such as climate change and scarcity of natural resources, and is able to apply this to decision-making in business.

General description

Option 2 of this course is a web-based independent study module. The course consists of independent study and an individual essay.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Outi Lehtonen, Teacher responsible


5-Mar-2018 – 31-Jul-2018
Independent work 137 hours Web-based


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Final essay. The essay can be in English or in Finnish.

Study materials

Winsenius, Pieter & Guntram, Ulrich (2002). A thousand shades of green: sustainable strategies for competitive advantage. London, UK: Earthscan.

Calder, Alan (2009). The green agenda: A business guide. IT Governance Pub.

Other material assigned by the teacher.

Further information

Update 5.3.2018: During the course, new students can sign up to the course by contacting the teacher.

The course consists of independent study and a final essay. Students can write and hand-in the essay any time during the course. The essay can be written in English or in Finnish. Essay instructions are given on course moodle page.

KATVAA11 Business Ethics (5 ECTS) course (or corresponding studies) is a compulsory preceding course. Please note that it has to be completed before the beginning of, or during, course KATVAA14.