Business and Society

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.

Full module specification

Module title:Business and Society
Module code:BEP1010
Module level:1
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
  • Dr David Monciardini - Convenor
Module credit:15
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Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

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

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 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

  • 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 both independently and in groups

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. analyse, communicate and present ideas, principles and evidence (in both oral and written form) that support a reasoned and consistent argument
  • 8. work in active learning teams
  • 9. successfully participate in debates

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 & Teaching activities10Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities9Tutorials
Independent study131To be managed by the student to take account of group 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 groups’ independent research, in-class debate and presentation on a case study (groups of 4-5 students)1-hour small group debate and 5 minutes presentation of a case study1-9Written 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
Coursework: groups’ independent research and in class presentation (groups of 4-5 students) 3020 minutes group presentation1-9Written and Verbal
Completion of a ‘participation log’. Students’ reflexive self-assessment 102 A4 pages participation log1-9Written and Verbal
Final examination: January602 hours, open book with all course materials (readings, case studies, students’ own notes and research) allowed1-7Written and Verbal

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
40% coursework 20 minutes project presentation [possibility to have a virtual presentation]. 1-9July/August assessment period
60% final examExamination – 2 hours (60%)1-7July/August assessment period

Re-assessment notes

A student will be referred in all components if the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall 

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

Syllabus plan

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

Indicative learning resources - 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.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

All students on the programme will have access to additional material in the form of a customised e-book or as recommended during classes.

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