YJOS4150 CSR and Governance: Global and Local Perspectives (6 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Contents and aims:
The aim of this course is to introduce students how contemporary perspectives of CSR are used as a governance mechanisms both in local and global context.
The course focuses on the changing role of corporations in societies and the challenges, problems and prospects of CSR as a form of market governance.
Specific attention is given to how firms address social and environmental challenges and issues.
Special attention is further given to concepts such as codes of conduct, transnational governance and translocal governance.
During the course, CSR is approached through four themes in particular:

1) The changing role of business in society
2) Regulatory dynamics
3) Communication and role of social judgments in CSR
4) Transnational versus translocal governance

Completion methods

Contact teaching course. The study methods of the contact teaching course are specified in the study program annually.

Assessment details

Accepted completion of the designated assignments. The assessment criteria of the course is specified in the study program annually.

Learning outcomes

Learning goals:

• the students will understand the development of corporate social responsibility
• the students become familiar with the various objectives and purposes of CSR
• the students are able to analyze and critically reflect upon the objectives and outcomes of CSR
• the students understand the role of (trans)national and (trans)local rule setting for corporate behavior
• the students are able to identify the activities and issues that may present challenges for corporate social responsibility
• the students are able to identify how different objectives of CSR complement or contradict in private businesses and other organizations

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item