INTBUS 3501 - Corporate Responsibility for Global Business
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code INTBUS 3501 Course Corporate Responsibility for Global Business Coordinating Unit Management Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible INTBUS 3501OUA Assumed Knowledge INTBUS 2500 or INTBUS 2001 and ECON 1008 or STATS 1000 Course Description This course is designed to explore contemporary social and ethical challenges facing global corporations in our increasingly globalised and inter-connected world. Through analysis of recent developments in Corporate Social Responsibility, triple bottom-line accounting and sustainability requirements, students will examine issues such as ethics and leadership, the shareholder-stakeholder debate, corruption, the changing trade environment as well as how modern corporations are dealing with the challenges of poverty, climate change and dangerous conflict situations. The aim is to increase students ability to apply critical analysis and ethical principles to practical problems that they will face in the workplace and to engage with and influence ongoing debates on the future role of global corporations in contributing to a more prosperous and sustainable global environment.
Course Coordinator: Professor Hussain RammalCourse Website: www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Apply their critical and analytical thinking skills to problems and dilemmas in global corporate responsibility. 2 Develop applied research skills to a practical problem in global corporate responsibility, specifically, problem framing, literature research, data collection, analysis and interpretation, formulation of managerial recommendations. 3 Develop and employ team leadership, management and collaboration skills in small groups. 4 Integrate knowledge and skills from preceding courses of the bachelor of commerce program, particularly, small group research skills with knowledge of international business, foundations in accounting, finance, marketing and management. 5 Develop argumentation skills within contemporary debates in global corporate responsibility, such as the shareholder-stakeholder debate, strategic CSR, environmental and social dumping, social business and social entrepreneurship. 6 Understand the conceptual foundations in the field of corporate responsibility and comprehend the complexity of corporate responsibility for the global business.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesRelevant readings will be shared in MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesPlease see the course MyUni site.
Online LearningE-learning material, quizzes and lecture slides will be uploaded to MyUni.
In addition, course communication and possible additional readings and links will be provided in MyUni throughout the course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWe have built INTBUS 3501 Corporate Responsibility for Global Business to be highly interactive and engaging to make it easy and enjoyable to learn the theoretical framework of corporate social responsibility. We use valuable shared time together to deepen your understanding and develop skills through peer interaction,
This is therefore not a traditional lecture-driven course, but rather follows a “flipped classroom” approach in which the majority of the content is delivered asynchronous online in the form of short videos and texts via MyUni in advance of the weekly seminars.
The weekly seminars are therefore designed to be focused on interactive group work to engage with the content: discussions, case studies, simulations, etc.
The seminars usually consist of short explanations/discussions in plenum before the activity is completed in small groups (4-6 students). Group assignments are usually submitted on the same day via MyUni.
Not participating in group work would be detrimental to your learning and your experience overall. Furthermore, not contributing to group work would affect your course grade since it accounts for 25% of your total mark.
The knowledge and skills activated in the group work is then integrated into the keystone assessment piece, the Individual Research Project (IRP).
Moving beyond the course itself, it is our hope that you will actively use skills and knowledge gained in this course in your career and personal life.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.As a guide, a three-unit course comprises a total of 156 hours of work (this includes 36 hours of contact, any online components, and self-directed study). Students in this three-unit course are expected to attend the weekly three-hour seminars.
In addition, students are expected to:
• Be prepared for seminars by completing pre-reading and preparing questions and reflections
• Actively participate and engage in class discussions
• Complete and submit all items of assessment by the prescribed due dates.
Learning Activities SummaryThe Schedule of Activities will be uploaded on the MyUni site.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Individual/Group Due Weighting Learning Outcomes Individual Research Project Individual
(see MyUni for details)
60% 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 Group Activities Group Various 25% 1 to 6 Module Quizzes Individual Various 15% 4 & 6
Individual Research Project
Students research and analyse the CSR performance of two competing global organisations integrating course themes (e.g. wicked problems, trade wars, nationalism, polarisation, etc.) and provide recommendations.The resulting integrated document should contain the following elements:
Step 1 - Project Plan (1 page)Step 2 - Interim Summary of Findings (2 pages)Step 3 - Final Report (1,500 word limit, not including appendices and bibliography)Step 4 - Short Presentation Video (2 to 5 minutes)
- Qualitative and quantitative data related to the organisations and issues faced
- Conclusions from data analysis; assessment of CSR performance and identification of major relevant CSR issues
- Opportunities for performance improvement, including how they could address course themes
- Managerial recommendations
- Short video presentation for peer review
In-Class Activities & Case Studies
Each seminar will include group activities such as discussions, case studies, and/or simulations. Each group activity will be unique and introduced during the seminar and groups will be given a specific task to complete for submission (usually within 24 hours) via MyUni.
Submissions will usually involve a short text document in MS Word format containing results and/or reflections from the activity and will be marked according to demonstration of relevant learning outcomes and graduate attributes.
Each Module Quiz is made available to the student via MyUni upon completion of the respective module and is to be completed within the time frame allotted for the module itself, usually two weeks.
SubmissionYou are required to submit a digital version of your assignments through the MyUni assignments portal in a PDF OR Word format. Direct emails to the course co-ordinator or instructor/ tutor will NEITHER be accepted NOR count as being “in the system”. No hardcopy is required. Please note that assignments will be passed through the “Turnitin” plagiarism checking software.
Helpful guides for academic writing and observance of the Harvard referencing style conventions and protocols are provided on The University of Adelaide Writing Centre web page (Writing Centre) and in The Communication Skills Guide. A copy of the Communication Skills Guide would have been given to you at the beginning of your program and can assist you structure your assignments. This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and making oral presentations, etc.
In preparing any written piece of assessment for your studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present and the source of the actual words you use, helping to avoid the problem of plagiarism. The Harvard system is widely used in Business Schools and use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide. Further assistance with referencing and writing is available from The University of Adelaide Writing Centre and the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors.
You should consistently and appropriately reference your assignments using the Harvard referencing system. You should try to cite peer-reviewed academic journals and specialist books in the area. Your submission should look like something that you would be proud to present in a professional environment (i.e. presented in a professional manner) and be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
To maintain a fair and equitable system for all students, you are required to submit your work by the due date. Extensions are generally only given for medical or compassionate reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the teaching staff before the due date and should be accompanied by documentary evidence from a social service professional (e.g. doctor, counsellor, psychologist) confirming the circumstances that require an extension. The application will be assessed accordingly and a decision on whether an extension is granted will be communicated to the student. You should start early on assignments so that foreseeable pressures like work or assessment for other courses does not delay you completing assignments for this course on time. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a mark reduction for each day that it is late. Assignments that are submitted late will be penalised at 5% of the potential grade per day.
RETURN OF ASSIGNMENTS
Alll assessments will be returned within 4 weeks of the deadline for submission. Markers aim to mark and return assignments to students within two weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students will be able to access their marked assignments from their MyUni course site.
GRADE REVIEW / RECONSIDERATION
Students (or groups) who believe their work should receive a different grade should apply in writing within 48 hours of the publication of the grades. They must write/email directly to their marker, and copy to the course coordinators, an analytical piece, in which they give strong reasons on why they believe they have achieved the requirements. Students who choose to apply for a review or reconsideration must be logical and concise in their appeal, and provide as much detail as possible. Claims like “I believe I have done to the requirements and deserve a better grade” will not be accepted. It is at the marker’s discretion whether the work should be reviewed or reconsidered. If the application is accepted, a different marker will conduct a review/reconsideration independent from the original grade, and the outcome can be a higher grade, no change, or a lower grade, and this new grade will be final.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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