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. We fully endorse and are actively engaged with the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education. In addition, Aston University
is now ranked 5th in the UK in The People and Planet Awards 2010 (from a position of 93rd in 2007) and was recently placed 11th in the Guardian Green League and has a Gold EcoCampus Award.
This programme combines both academic and practical perspectives and is suitable for those people 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 provides the opportunity to study a specialist MSc for those currently working in this area as well as those who aspire to do so.
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
Enable students to develop their capacities as an informed and self-aware individual contributing to progressive organisational and social change
Corporate Governance Regulation & Compliance
Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
Global Ethics & Human Rights Responsibilities in Business
Strategic Business Sustainability
Strategy, Change & Leadership
Green Information and Operations Management
Public Policy, Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development
The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.
Learning, Teaching & Assessment
A sophisticated but easy to use Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers a platform where linked readings and audio/visual presentations, discussion forums, webinars, videos and group activities make for a rich and exciting learning experience.
Assessments vary according to the nature of the module but all are designed to ensure that your learning and achievement are of the highest quality and directly related to the programme’s goals of promoting and realising social responsibility and sustainability in the private, public and third sectors.
Part-time / Distance learning
Part-time distance learning will allow you the flexibility to take control of your own learning and balance study with professional and personal obligations.
Applying yourself to two modules per term, combined with the final dissertation, will allow you to complete the course in the recommended two year period. However you are able to spread your study over a maximum of five years, affording you the opportunity to study at a slower pace or take breaks where necessary.
The programme is designed to cater for distance learners and is supported online with a sophisticated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with each module being designed specifically to cater for the needs of online distance learners.
We have an established global reputation for offering a unique educational experience. We provide a high quality education and emphasis is placed on personal and professional development through knowledge and skills gained during the programme and personal reflection. We put you at the heart of what we do - providing a truly transformational learning experience. We develop future leaders, encouraging you to be the best you can be, and to be an inspiration to others. Through the Social Responsibility and Sustainability MSc you will develop and demonstrate valuable transferable and practical skills including: presentation skills, negotiation, team work, report writing and ICT skills.
Dr John Blewitt, BScEcon, MA, MEd, PhD, FRSA
John is author of The Ecology of Learning (Earthscan, 2006) and Understanding Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 2008) and Media, Ecology and Conservation (Green Books, 2010). He has research of urban sustainability, green architecture and city design and new media communications. His most recent project, Connecting Spaces and Places: the right to the city, involves working with the Library of Birmingham project on civic engagement and sustainability communications in the city. He is a member of the Commission for Education and Communication of the IUCN, a Distinguished Schumacher Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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.