Module Details

Module Code: MGMT C3329
Module Title: Corporate Social Responsibility
Title: Corporate Social Responsibility
Module Level:: 8
Credits:: 5
Module Coordinator: Myles Kelly
Module Author:: Agnes Maciocha
Module Description: The aim of this course is to give students a thorough appreciation of the business's social and ethical responsibilities to external and internal stakeholder groups.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Identify, analyse and critically evaluate power of the various internal and external groups of stakeholders
LO2 Assess and critically evaluate the spheres and levels of Corporate Power
LO3 Outline, analyse and critically evaluate the four components of Corporate Social Responsibility
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
Indicative Content
Introduction to Corporate Social Responsiblity
Corporate Social Responsibility; Corporate Governance: Concepts and Definitions
Corporate Governance and Strategic Management Issues
Corporate Governance: its role within business organisation, Understand the relationship between stakeholder Management and corporate performance; Unique Role of Stockholders; Profitability, Profit Growth and Stakeholders claims
Agency Theory
Agency Theory and the Corporate Structure; The Information Assymetry; Challenges for Principals
Governance Mechanism
Internal and External Governance Mechanism; External: Board of Directors, Stock Based Compensation, Financial Statements, Takeover Constraint; Internal: Strategic Control System, Employee Incentives
Business and Society
Characteristics of Business and Society and their interrelationships ; The Pluralistic Society: definition, characteristic: Pluralistic Society as a special interest -society
Social Environment, Business Criticsm and Corporate Response
Factors in Social Environment;The Social Problem; Iron Law of Responsibility, Business Power; Levels and Spheres of Corporate Power .
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Citizenship: Social Responsibility, Responsiveness and Performance; Historical Perspective on CSR; The Four Components of CSR; The Pyramid of CSR The CSR Equation
Business Responses to call for CSR
Defensive approach Cost-benefit approach Strategic apprach Innovation and learning approach
Corporate Social Performance
Corporate Social Performance: Carroll's Model Corporate Social Performance: Wartick & Cochran's Model
Corporate Citizenship
Stages of Corporate Citizenship: A Developmental Framework
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Case Studies % of Total Mark 100
Timing n/a Learning Outcomes 1,2,3
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Two case studies on Corporate Social Responsibility issues will be used to assess students' critical thinking and analytical skills. One of these will be based on group work and the final case study will be an individual case study assessment.
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00 36
Independent Learning Time Non Contact No Description 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93 89
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.50 1.5
Independent Learning Time Non Contact No Description Every Week 5.50 5.5
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Archie B. Carroll,Ann K. Buchholtz. (2018), Business and Society: Ethics, Sustainability, and Stakeholder Management, 9. Cengage Learning, p.720, [ISBN: 9781285734293].
  • Andrew Crane,Dirk Matten. (2016), Business Ethics, Third Edition. Oxford University Press, p.605, [ISBN: 0199697310].
  • Marianna Jennings. (2017), Business Ethics: Case Studies and Selected Readings ,7th Edition, Cengage Publications.
  • Paul Griseri. (2010), Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 1st Edition, South-Western Cengage Learning.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Grainne Callanan. (2007), An Introduction to Irish Company Law (3rd Edition), Gill and Macmillan.
  • Ronan Keane &Ailbhe O’Neill. (2009), Corporate Governance & Regulation : An Irish Perspective, Round Hall.
  • Michael Harrison. (2005), An Introduction to Business and Management Ethics, Palgrave McMillan.
  • CIMA Study Text. (2015), Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law, Kaplan Publishing.
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Commercial Law Practitioner (Westlaw), Commercial Law Practitioner (Westlaw).
  • na, See library internet database for non Irish comparative journals etc.
Other Resources
  • Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.
  • Company Information Direct.
  • Crane & Matten. (2010), Business Ethics Book Support, Oxford,
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