INTBUS 3501 - Corporate Responsibility for Global Business

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 COMMGMT 3510
    Assumed Knowledge INTBUS 2500 or INTBUS 2001 and ECON 1008 or STATS 1000
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Glen Wheatley

    Co Lecturers:
    Jim Redden
    Business School, University of Adelaide

    Glen Wheatley
    Business School, University of Adelaide 

    Course Website: 

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A new approach to teaching has been taken with INTBUS 3501, namely a blended learning one in which most of the theoretical content for the course is delivered via videos and not textbooks or academic articles. As such, readings are intended to supplement the online content and allow students to delve deeper.

    The readings for the course are therefore split into three categories:

    Required Readings: Readings which provide the foundations for the video material and can be considered required in order to develop a deep understanding of the subject matter. Investing the time and effort in these materials will assist you in mastering it and thus more likely to receive a higher mark in the course.

    Recommended Readings: Readings which are similar in importance to Required Readings, yet due to copyright restrictions, cannot be offered as part of the course. Students are welcome to acquire the resources outside of the course and use them accordingly. They are highlighted below in light blue and some external links can be found in the references section.

    Optional Readings: Resources which help you delve deeper into relevant course themes.

    Upon semester begin the readings by category will be shared in MyUni.

    Recommended Resources
    Please see myuni and reference to the main text book
    Online Learning
    E-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 Modes
    We 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 30% 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 (IPR).

    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.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment Task Individual/Group Due Weighting Learning Outcomes
    Individual Research Project Individual

    Phased project 

    (see MyUni for details)

    40% 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
    Group In-Class Exercises & Case Studies Group Various 30% 1 to 6
    Discussion Board Individual Various 20% 1 to 6
    Module Quizzes Individual Various 10% 4 & 6

    Assessment Detail

    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:

    • 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
    To assist in pacing of the work and allow feedback to be integrated, the project is submitted in the following four steps:
    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)

    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.

    Discussion Board
    Students are to complete all readings and view all videos presented in each MyUni module. This content is the basis for discussion questions in which students are required to give a short response of usually several sentences.

    Upon submission of their response to the discussion question, students are expected to review the responses of others in the cohort and where relevant, make constructive comments, pose additional questions or otherwise engage in respectful further discussion.

    The quality, insightfulness and synthesis of course content with personal and professional experience will enrich the learning experience for all students and thus be used as marking criteria.

    Module Quizzes
    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.

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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