ACCT659-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Sustainability, Business, and Social and Environmental Accountability

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


This course exposes students to an array of international and NZ-based emerging issues in sustainability, and the role of business organisations in contributing to sustainable development, as well as how such organisations account for and report on their social and environmental impacts.

Learning Outcomes

Specific objectives of the course are:
1. To familiarize the student with methods of inquiry and research.
2. To provide the student with a context for developing skills in written and oral communication.
3. To better acquaint the student with the availability of data sources and their evaluation.
4. To provide a broad perspective on contemporary and historical research in organizations and the natural environment, demands for a sustainable society, and organizational accountability for social and environmental impacts.
5. To critically examine contemporary sustainable development reporting practice in New Zealand and draw conclusions about its intentions and worth.
6. To critically reflect on one’s self and one’s place in a modern Western society allegedly aspiring to transform to a sustainable basis.
Achievement of these objectives will result in a student able to evaluate the literature of accounting and related fields, and to permit the student to contribute to that literature if desired. It is hoped that students may obtain one or more thesis ideas from the course and that essays or projects may show publication potential.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


ACIS659, AFIS659

Course Coordinator

Markus Milne


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Review & Reflective Essay 50%
Critical Assessment of Contemporary SDR 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $992.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 4 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems on the departments and faculties page .

All ACCT659 Occurrences

  • ACCT659-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021