Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR 7.5 credits

Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR
First cycle, U0019N
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 08 Apr 2019

Grade scale
U G#
Industrial Business and Management
Subject (SCB)
Industrial Engineering and Management

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


Course Aim
After completing the course the student should be able to:
  • Account for the background and emergence of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Describe and explain basic concepts of importance to CSR
  • Account for and understand motives and driving forces for CSR
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform stakeholder and materiality analyzes
  • Account for and understand the relevance of main and sub-areas within CSR
  • Demonstrate the ability to establish commitments, goals and plans for improving sustainability work in companies and organizations
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform simpler supplier audits with respect to sustainability aspects

The aim of first part of the course is to provide a scientific basis for CSR, where the background to and the emergence of CSR as well as basic concepts of importance for CSR (e.g. sustainable development, Corporate Citizenship and corporate ethics) are addressed. Later in the course, the content is more applied and several of the included course elements are based on an elective real company or organization. The course elements include motives and driving forces for CSR, codes of conduct, stakeholder and materiality analysis, core subjects and issues within CSR (e.g. in accordance with the standard ISO 26000), as well as goals, plans and audits for improving sustainability work in companies and organizations (based on international principles/goals such as the UN's sustainability goals).

The course is Internet based and runs at quarter speed without any gatherings. Learning is achieved by self studies and tutoring through the Internet where examination is continuous.

Webb based tests and assignments. Alternative examination might exist.

Thomas Zobel

Literature. Valid from Spring 2019 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Borglund, T., De Geer, H., Sweet, S., Frostenson, M., Lerpold, L., Nordbrand, S., Sjöström, E. & Windell, K. (2017). CSR and sustainable business (English edition, first edition). Sanoma utbildning, Stockholm. ISBN: 978-91-523-5046-1.
Supplementary material will be available electronically.
Additional literature may be added.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Take-home workU G#7.50MandatoryS19

Study guidance
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