IVZ718 Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

Code IVZ718
Name Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Post-graduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Business Management and Administration
Academic staff Inga Lapiņa, Elīna Gaile-Sarkane, Angelina Roša
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The course is built so as to demonstrate the development and role of Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Latvia and worldwide. Explore public opinions on social responsibility in business environment through analysis of situations of moral dilemmas. Introduce business ethics as a multidisciplinary academic field provide insight into business ethics-related issues and introduce a modern approach to solving typical business issues. .
The course is aimed at establishing the theoretical basis of the business ethics, value-orientation, CSR classification and assessment. It develops practical skills in solving ethical problems and implementing CSR strategy in an organization..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The goal and objectives of the course are to: - establish the understanding of the concepts, theories of ethics and ethical principles and their importance in business environment; - develop ethically sound professional communication competencies and social skills; - develop hands-on ethical problem-solving skills in business environment and understanding of origins of these issues; - develop ability to explore business environment-specific ethical issues and apply various solutions to typical business issues; - build knowledge of CSR and its role in entrepreneurship and society; - learn to analyse and evaluate organization’s CSR strategy and develop recommendations for improvement.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students will be able critically evaluate theories and principles of business ethics. They will be able to apply this knowledge in practice to make moral decisions and develop solutions for various business situations - Case study and discussion of results – ethical or unethical action and moral conflicts in business environment. Final examination. Group project.
Students will have developed understanding of the trade-off organizations face in their efforts to combine their social responsibilities and immediate commercial goals. They will have acquired capabilities of transforming these trade-offs into opportunities for both the organization and the society - Group project: analysis of an actual recent (last 3 years) business situation. Presentation of results. Final examination.
Students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge gained in making sound business decisions. They will be able to justify and argue the decisions made from the standpoint of ethical behaviour as well as understand the benefits of implementing a CSR strategy - Case study and discussion of results – CSR in an organization. Final examination. Group project.
Students will be familiar with the main tools for building a trusting and respectful environment in an organization, implementing a socially responsible organizational development strategy and informing the society of organizational activities in the domain of social responsibility - Group project: analysis and evaluation of the internal environment and CSR strategy of an organization working in Latvia. Group project and the final presentation. Final examination.
Course prerequisites Economics, entrepreneurship, management and organizational strategy knowledge

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