MPH_COSR Corporate Social Responsibility

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Earl Arvid Molander (lecturer), Ing. Michal Jirásek, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
Ing. Petr Smutný, Ph.D.
Department of Corporate Economy - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Mgr. Jana Nesvadbová
Supplier department: Department of Corporate Economy - Faculty of Economics and Administration
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 6/25, only registered: 0/25, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course, is designed to introduce the international business or economics student to how non-economic factors in the corporate environment influence business strategy and operational decision-making.
The course is primarily on-line.
Learning outcomes
The non-economic factors we will go through during the course include: the actions of government and non-governmental organizations, social issues, culture, changes in technology, international relations, and ecological problems in particular as they are presented to the business enterprise and manager as issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

It is important to understand that this course is taught from the perspective of the enterprise, with the business manager or enterprise as the focal decision maker. The student who successfully completes this course will have the majority of the analytical tools necessary to confront the full range of issues that fall within the broad framework of such rubrics as “business ethics,” “corporate social responsibility (CSR),” “sustainability” and “Shared Values.”

We also offer a special note on the perspective of the entry-level employee, someone like yourselves who would encounter CSR and sustainability issues in an entry-level position. These notes emphasize that while the key decisions in this area will be made by managers, often entry-level employees are asked to contribute to those decisions in important ways.
  • The detailed course structure is contained in the syllabus uploaded in Study materials by the beginning of the semester.
  • There are limited materials requirements for the course:
  • 1. The Syllabus uploaded in the Study Materials -> Learning Materials (see the weblink at the bottom of this page)
  • 2. Modules and Accompanying Cases uploaded in the Study Materials -> Learning Materials (see the weblink at the bottom of this page)
  • 3. Format for Student Bio Questionnaire
Teaching methods
In US business schools, similar courses (which go by many different names) typically use a large, hardcover textbook that focuses primarily on the business environment in the US. Such a textbook is therefore is not useful for a course taught to an international student audience with a strong international focus. Rather, in this course, we rely on a series of Modules generally consisting of short readings and cases focused on key topics, with assignments to highlight the major issues that each topic presents to the business manager and develop one’s analytical skills and their direct application to business decision making dilemmas.

The course structure will consist of Modules organized into separate Installments. In general, it is expected that the student will complete each module weekly. Submission of case analyses have deadlines associated with the Module and week in which they are scheduled.

Always feel free to ask questions by email if you do not understand any of the conceptual content in the Modules or the case analysis assignments.
Assessment methods
The course requires the submission of some preliminary assignments and more detailed written analyses of the cases associated with later modules. Detailed information is contained in the syllabus uploaded in Study materials by the beginning of the semester.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Inovace studia ekonomických disciplín v souladu s požadavky znalostní ekonomiky (CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0227)" which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021.
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