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9996 Global Competence: Social Responsibility across Business Studies, 3 sp 
Kod 9996  Giltighet 01.01.1950 -
Namn Global Competence: Social Responsibility across Business Studies  Förkortning SocResp, Hki 
Omfattning3 sp  Föråldringstid 10 år
TypFördjupade studier Läroämne799 Övriga studier i ekonomiska vetenskaper 
SlagStudieperiod  Timantal  
Studierätt   BedömningStandardskala 
Rekom. prestationstid 
Ansvarig enhet Företagsledning och organisation, Helsingfors 

Virtaharju, Jouni 


The course provides master’s students an introduction to key concepts and perspectives that describe the challenges, opportunities and risks that mainly companies – but also governments, other organizations and more broadly societies – face regarding social and environmental responsibilities. In the course, students have the opportunity to learn about perspectives on social responsibility from many subjects at Hanken (with videos relating to accounting, commercial law, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, information systems, management, marketing, politics and business, and supply chain management).

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are introduced through videos too and some of their targets that are particularly relevant to business are emphasized.

The course is mandatory for all master's degree students at Hanken who have started their master's studies 1.8.2018 or after.

External students can take the course as part of the study module in Corporate Responsibility.


You have a basic knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and perspectives that form the basis for social responsibility and sustainable development in relation to different business disciplines, with more emphasis on your own major or programme track.

Efter avlagd kurs kan du 
  • define and apply key concepts and perspectives regarding social responsibility (SR) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR/CR)
  • connect social responsibility challenges and opportunities to different business school disciplines
  • connect social responsibility challenges and opportunities to your own discipline (major or programme track)
  • explain how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) connect to social responsibility challenges and opportunities

Online course


The issues dealt with in the course are international. Some of the videos used in the course are produced by foreign business schools (in a partnership with Hanken regarding learning on SDGs).

Studerandes totala arbetsmängd 

80 hours divided into
Scheduled contact hours: 0 h
Non-scheduled work: 80 h


Moodle-based video lectures from different disciplines.

Moodle-based video lectures from Hanken and partner schools within the PRME Champions network CR3+ (an international study experience) on the UN SDGs.

Litteratur och undervisningsmaterial 

The below textbook serves as inspiration for a number of video lectures in the course. It is not mandatory reading but can supplement the learning of the students in a useful way.

  • Pedersen, E. R. G. (ed.) (2015) Corporate Social Responsibility. London: Sage.

Additional literature from different disciplines where applicable.

Examination och bedömning 

Video-based quizzes: students need to watch all the videos, take all the quizzes and score at least 50 % to pass the course.

Final assignment, adapted to own major / programme track: an essay with 3-4 pages of text + references, i.e. about 5 pages in all. It will be assessed by an examiner from the student’s own major, on a pass/fail basis and as part of the assurance of learning system.

Motsvarande kurser 

Students who have completed the earlier course 22015 Corporate Responsibility Across Business Studies (4 credits) within management and organisation cannot take this course.

Students who will complete the seminar course according to the new study plans as 5 credits and have completed the earlier course 22015 can include the course 22015 as a mandatory course within their major subject instead of 9996.


Hanken degree students on master's level within all major subjects and external students taking the Corporate Responsibilty module only.

Rekommenderad tidpunkt 

First or second year of master's studied according to subject's recommended study path.

Fristående studier (Öppna universitetet, JOO och samarbeten) 

No quota for Open University and JOO.


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Anmälningstiden är slut Global Competence: Social Responsibility across Business Studies, Hki  Kurs  Virtaharju, Jouni 
17.01.22 -11.02.22 -
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14.03.22 -15.04.22 -

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