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724836P Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 724836P  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility  Abbreviation Introduction to 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline6337 Economics and Business Administration 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Oulu Business School 

ECTS Credits 

5 credits

Language of instruction 



Spring Term 2020

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

-       define and apply key concepts and perspectives regarding CSR

-       identify relevant issues and analyse the challenges related to corporate responsibility in selected industries

-       describe the role of CSR in business and in relation to wider international political and economic issues

-       describe the different aspects through which organizational practices can be CSR-oriented

-       apply key concepts of CSR in their daily work


Definitions and historical roots

-       historical roots – sustainable development

-       definitions of CSR

-       why CSR matters – the business case

-       stakeholder salience

Regulatory aspects

-       political CSR

-       CSPs and CSR

-       MSIs and CSR

-       CSR and human rights

Human resource, supply and consumption

-       HRM and CSR

-       CSR and supply chain

-       CSR and sustainable consumption

-       CSR – minimum wage and living wage

Relational aspects

-       CSR and communication

-       CSR and corruption

-       CSR and leadership

-       CSR and responsible investment

Mode of delivery 

Online teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods 

The course has individual and group assignments.

133 hrs (5 ECTS)

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

No requirements

Recommended or required reading 

The link to primary reading materials will be provided on the learning platform.

Assessment methods and criteria 

The grade is composed of:

-         weekly assignments/short essays (60 %)

-         case analysis: final assignment (40%)


Grading on a scale from 1 to 5.

Person responsible 

Yewondwossen Tesfaye Gemechu


Organizing university: Hanken School of Economics

Other information 

No restrictions for the number of students admitted, except for Åbo Akademi, for which the number of participants is limited to 30 students. Appropriate registration for a course is obligatory and required for having the course credits registered. No late registrations are accepted.

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