Business in Society


The module `Business in Society¿ aims to provide the student with an appreciation of the challenges facing contemporary business organisations in an operating context in which they are expected not only to demonstrate an economic contribution and shareholder value, but increasingly, are expected to do so in a manner that reflects the interests of a range of stakeholder groups and being sustainable.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :is to provide the student with: the skills of assess, analyse and evaluate the contribution of business in terms of the economic and broader social contributions it makes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Develop an understanding of the relationships between business and society

2.  Analyse core concepts that relate to corporate social responsibility; corporate governance and corporate accountability

3.  To examine that nature of work and employer responsibility

4.  To evaluate the contribution of business to social inclusion and equality with particular reference to the third sector

Indicative Content

1 The changing context of business

The changing nature of organisations ¿ from industrial to post-industrial society; globalisation structures, processes and arguments;

2 Sustainable business practice:

Corporate social responsibility and The Business and Society Relationship; Corporate Citizenship: Social Responsibility, Responsiveness, and Business Performance

3 Employee well being at work

Employees as stakeholders: issues relating to privacy, safety and employee well-being

4 The role of third sector organisations;

Social and economic exclusion and business; understanding the conditions of inequality and social exclusion; factors influencing social mobility, The social contribution of third sector organisations

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Class contact for this module comprises lectures and tutorials. Lectures introduce and explore key concepts, theories and debates, either through presentation or, occasionally, student enquiry. Tutorials will engage students in enquiry-based activities encouraging the development of deeper understanding of theory and practice links, and multiple theoretical standpoints; the generation of solutions to problems, and the formulation of recommendations for enhanced practice. Students will work in small groups/teams, and emphasis is placed on the interactive and social nature of learning. The module does not rely on a single text and a series of book chapters, journal articles and practitioner guides is available weekly to guide reading

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 28
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 118

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.