Module details for 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, 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

5 Corporate Social Responsibility

Public Policy and governance: public and third sector

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 24
Assessment 50
Independent 114
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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