Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Business Ethics and Sustainability (including related issues) are of concern for businesses locally, nationally and internationally. Their importance to the global economy has increased significantly in recent years and is likely to increase further in the future. As managers/leaders of the future, all graduates will be required to be socially responsible and sustainability literate. Complex decisions will need to be taken that take into account economic, social and environmental factors.
At Aston Business School, we believe that our own organisational practices should exemplify the values and attitudes we convey to our students. Which is why fully endorse and are actively engaged with the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education.
This programme combines both academic and practical perspectives relating to this area and is suitable for those already working (or aspiring to work) in roles related to corporate social responsibility and sustainability in commercial business, the public sector, social enterprises or the not-for-profit and charitable sectors.
Social responsibility and sustainable practices is something that is taken very seriously at Aston, that is why our campus has been recently awarded:
'First Class Honours' in the UK by the People and Planet Green League 2013, ranking us 12th out of 142 UK universities and scoring maximum points in the 'waste and recycling' and 'environmental policy' categories
Eco Campus Platinum award 2014
The programme aims to:
Adopt a transdisciplinary approach, enabling students to explore social responsibility and sustainability from multiple perspectives in a business context
Engage in intellectual debates that reflect core issues and dilemmas and explore theories and practices relating social responsibility and sustainability
Provide flexible, comprehensive programmes of study that meet the ideas and needs of local, national and international students enabling them to learn by the exchange of experience as well as formal academic study
Provide students with an excellent learning experience that develops intellectual, subject based and transferable skills through drawing on the research and experience of academic staff at Aston and beyond
Ensure relevance by maintaining and enhancing the School’ s links with business, professional, public and third sector organisations
Combine both academic and practical perspectives relating to this area to enable students completing the programme to be prepared for roles related to social responsibility and sustainability in commercial business, the public or third sectors
Enhance life-long learning skills and personal development to enable students to work with self-direction and contribute to business and society at large
Develop and enable students to develop their capacities as an informed and self-aware individual contributing to progressive organisational and social change.
Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
Global Ethics & Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
Strategic Business Sustainability
Strategy Change & Leadership
Corporate Governance Regulation and Compliance
Green Information and Operations Management
Public Policy For Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development
The programme then concludes with a dissertation project
The taught modules are assessed mainly through coursework with some examinations. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial research project leading to the completion of a dissertation.
Carole Parkes, MSc (Psychol), FCIPD
Carole is a Senior Lecturer (Ethics, Responsibility and Human Rights) and Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston University
. As part of Aston’s commitment to the United Nations (Global Compact) backed Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRiME), Carole participates in UN forums for PRiME, is a leading member of the PRiME group, ‘Fighting poverty as a challenge for business and management and regularly speaks at events on responsibility and CSR and sustainability. Locally, Carole works with a range of business and community groups.
This programme combines both academic and practical perspectives relating to this area and would be suitable for those interested in working in roles related to CSR and Sustainability in commercial business, the public sector, social enterprises or the not for profit and charitable sectors. It also provides the opportunity to study a specialist MSc for those currently working in this area as well as those who aspire to do so.
Recent examples of roles secured by MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability graduates include:
Social and Environmental Consultant- Deloitte, Paris
Product Developer- AZB: Competence Centre for Future-orientated Building, Hamburg
Social Innovation Manager- Mindspace Ltd, Budapest