MGMT333-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Managing Corporate Responsibility

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


In pursuing the ethical basis for business policy and practice, we will look at changing notions of corporate performance. Participants will address such issues as: What is success in business? What good does business do and how does it do it? What are major causes of the breakdown of business ethics? We will also study the practice of business ethics, with the aim to expand capacity for moral inquiry, dialogue, and decision making in ways that will be useful in your professional and civic lives.

This course considers the roles of organisations and individuals in business and society. The notion that corporations are simply wealth creating organisations, with little social and ethical responsibility to the broader public and the physical environment, is no longer acceptable. Communities command that corporations go beyond their economic brief to provide surplus resources in the form of philanthropy and other social initiatives. In this course we examine how corporations and businesses are attempting to balance the pursuit of profits and good corporate citizenship as stakeholder expectations accelerate the need to better understand the role of corporations in society.

Course requirements, expectations and regulations
Students are expected to be conversant with all materials discussed in lectures. The Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship assumes that students have read the relevant sections concerning course regulations and special consideration applications in the UC Calendar, “General Course and Examination Regulations”. No late assignments will be accepted, no extensions will be granted, no make-up work will be offered for assessment items not completed, and no extra credit will be awarded.

The Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship may standardise the marks for this course. As marks may be scaled at the end of the semester, there is no set pass mark for each individual item of assessment. A passing mark will depend on your overall performance on all items of assessment compared with other members of the class. A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, aegrotat considerations, etc. is available here

The Department assumes that you have read this document. You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations at the following link:

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations.

Relationship to other courses
This course is an elective course for students majoring in Human Resource Management (HRM), Marketing or Management in the BCom Programme. It builds on the foundation laid in MGMT230.

Lectures 24 hours
Lecture Preparation 42 hours
Reflective Journals 18 hours
Final Examination 3 hours
Essay and Exam Preparation 63 hours
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) Learning Goals
LG.1 Graduates can demonstrate advanced knowledge of their selected subject major, informed by the broader context of commerce;
LG.2 Graduates are able to use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to address specific problems;
LG.3 Graduates can understand issues from a range of ethical, global and
multicultural perspectives;
LG.4 Graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.

MGMT333 Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
LO.1 Analyse the impact of the capitalist context for corporate responsibility
LO.2 Understand personal and organisational factors that enhance and diminish ethical decision-making and corporate responsibility.
LO.3 Apply ethical and multi-stakeholder frameworks to decision-making
LO.4 Apply ethical understanding to real world cases.
LO.5 Explore the possibility of working for or setting up ‘business for good’ opportunities through the study of exemplary businesses.

Learning Outcomes......Assessed with:
  1.......................Assessments 1, 2 and 3
  2.......................Assessments 1, 2 and 3
  3.......................Assessments 1, 2 and 3
  4.......................Assessments 1, 2 and 3
  5.......................Assessments 1 and 3

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) MGMT230; and (2) Any 30 points at 200-level or
above  RP: Other essay-based courses

Recommended Preparation

Other essay-based courses

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 F3 Lecture Theatre (21/2-20/3)
- (24/4-29/5)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Matt Scobie


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reflective Journals x 6 20% Reflective Journals x 6 (best 5 marks chosen, max 4% each)
Individual Assignment 03 Apr 2020 40% Individual Assignment (3000 words)
Final Examination 40% Final Examination

ASSESSMENT 1: REFLECTIVE JOURNALS X 6 (best 5 marks chosen, max 4% each) (20%)
Reflective journal submission 1: Thursday, 11:59pm (Week 2)
Reflective journal submission 2: Thursday, 11:59pm (Week 4)
Reflective journal submission 3: Thursday, 11:59pm (Week 6)
Reflective journal submission 4 Thursday, 11:59pm (Week 8)
Reflective journal submission 5: Thursday, 11:59pm (Week 10)
Reflective journal submission 6 Thursday, 11:59pm (Week 12)

A reflective journal entry relating to the course material will be due before class in weeks 2, 3, 4 and 6, 7, 8. Each reflective journal question will be set one week in advance. You will submit, through LEARN (as a word file attachment), a one - two page response to each of the reflective journal questions. Each reflective journal submission is worth 4% accumulating to a maximum of 20% over the duration of the assessment - your top 5 reflective journal marks will count toward your final grade. Requirements concerning the reflective journals will be explained in class during week 1 and on the LEARN site.
ASSESSMENT 2: Individual assignment (40%: 3000 words: 3 Apr before class)
In this assignment you will conduct a stakeholder analysis for an organisation of your choosing and make recommendations for the organisation to meet their responsibilities to these stakeholders. More details will be given in class.
ASSESSMENT 3: EXAM (40%: 3 hours: exam period)
The final exam will consist of compulsory short-answer questions and a choice of essay questions. The exam will examine lecture material, text and course readings covered in the course. More details will be given in class.

Important Assessment Information

Marks and Grades
Marks will be posted on the LEARN site as soon as possible after the assessments have been marked. You will be notified by email when the marks are available. Exams are not returned – however you can look at your individual exam in the lecturer’s office (during consultation times or by appointment at other times).

Your final score is calculated after the raw marks for each assessment have been standardised.  You should not regard 50% as a pass mark.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Shaw, W. H., Barry, V., Issa, T., Catley, B., & Muntean, D; Moral Issues in Business; 3rd Asia Pacific Edition; Cengage Learning Australia, 2016 (

Required readings will be delivered via Learn and will mainly consist of peer-reviewed academic journal articles, recent popular media, and corporate strategic documents and annual reports. There is no required textbook for this course although the following textbook will be useful and available at UBS and the university library.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

A summary of departmental academic policies on course grading, aegrotat considerations, etc. is available under:                                                                                      
Departmental Academic Policies
If you want a hard copy of this document, please ask the course co-ordinator.  The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the University.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $3,688.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

All MGMT333 Occurrences

  • MGMT333-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020