Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights

Summary

Admission requirements

Admission to the course requires a minimum of 60 approved credits with a certain progression in one of the following Major Subjects: European Studies, Human Rights, International Migration and Ethnic Relations, International Relations or Peace and Conflict Studies or similar.

Selection:

credits 100%

Syllabus

Syllabus for students autumn 2022, autumn 2021, autumn 2020

Course Code:
MR223L revision 2.3
Level of specialisation
G2F
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
20 November 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
13 June 2019

Entry requirements

Admission to the course requires a minimum of 60 approved credits with a certain progression in one of the following Major Subjects: European Studies, Human Rights, International Migration and Ethnic Relations, International Relations or Peace and Conflict Studies or similar.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is not part of a main field of study

Purpose

The aim of the course is that the students independently acquire knowledge about central concepts in the field of human rights with a focus on the social responsibility of corporations.

Contents

The module discusses different theories of what constitutes the social responsibility of corporations with a focus on human rights. It also presents an overview of different international guidelines for the social responsibility of corporations. Moreover, the module describes the debate about the needs for legally binding conventions for multinational corporations.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student shall demonstrate:

  1. knowledge of the content of important international conventions and guidelines concerning the social responsibility of corporations;
  2. knowledge of different theoretical positions within the debate on corporate social responsibility and the debate on business and human rights, and the ability to present them, both in writing and orally;
  3. ability to independently analyze questions concerning the social responsibility of corporations, especially in relation to human rights.

Learning activities

The course is designed for full-time study. The teaching in the course is mainly in the form of lectures, seminars and group presentations. The majority of the student’s workload consists of independent study.
Students are responsible for keeping up the reading and for coming prepared to each class. Students are expected to take their own initiatives to form reading groups.

Assessments

The course contents and learning outcomes are assessed by written assignments.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Fleming, Peter and Jones, Marc (2013) The End of Corporate Social Responsibility: Crisis and Critique. Los Angeles: SAGE.
  • Moon, Jeremy (2014) Corporate Social Responsibility: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Nolan, Justine and Dorothee Baumann-Pauly (Eds.) (2016) Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Walker-Said, Charlotte and Kelly, John Dunham (Eds.) (2015) Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Articles up to 200 pages.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

The Language of Instruction is English

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Anders Melin, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657342

Application

05 October 2020 - 08 November 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK

04 October 2021 - 07 November 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö

03 October 2022 - 06 November 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö