All over the world, expectations about the role of large corporations are changing. Today, the performance of businesses is assessed not only by earnings or share price - scrutiny is also placed upon organisations' economic, cultural, social and environmental impacts. The actions, policies and strategies that businesses develop to consider these impacts are referred to under the umbrella concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
You will learn how to:
- Identify problems facing energy companies under the umbrella of social responsibility;
- Draw upon a range of sources to generate solutions to these problems;
- Apply conceptual frameworks in order to enhance understanding about the impacts of corporate policies;
- Recognise and reconcile the competing demands of corporate policies and stakeholder interests;
- Forecast the positive and negative impact of policies and actions in a manner that reduces corporate risk;
- Demonstrate the value of CSR in order to better inform decision-making.
This course aims to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to help formulate and manage a socially responsible agenda. In particular you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the influences upon, and impacts of, the energy sector, learn how to manage these impacts and develop the capacity to provide ethical leadership. We will help you to achieve this through exposure to a number of different disciplines associated with the articulation of CSR. These include business studies, cultural studies, economics, engineering, political science, research methodology and sociology.
How you will learn
On campus learning will take place in lecture and seminar rooms, largely in the modern Garthdee complex. The teaching and learning experience will be complemented by the University's virtual learning environment facility (CampusMoodle) and library which includes considerable electronic resources.
The flexible nature of the course means that you will be able to pursue issues relating to CSR that are relevant and appropriate to your interests, experience and future career ambitions.
You should have a university degree at Honours level or equivalent, or at least 2/3 years relevant work experience.
All international applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by either gaining IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.
English Language Requirements - http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/international-students/english-language-requirements
There are growing numbers of opportunities for graduates in CSR designated sections and related areas of the energy sector such as community development, human resources, project management, public relations and strategic planning. CSR expertise is also being integrated within functions such as accountancy, business development, corporate communications, engineering, law, operations management, and scientific exploration.
Hence the course is designed to prepare you for middle and senior management roles across the world in a range of areas within oil, gas and renewable companies, government departments, regulatory bodies and NGOs. In addition, there is scope for graduates to pursue research on behalf of funding or energy-related organisations. Robert Gordon University
has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK. CSR graduate employment prospects will be further enhanced through the acquisition of applied transferable skills such as critical analysis, decision-making, leadership, management, problem solving and research methods.
Assessment methods include written coursework in the form of essays, case studies and reports, contribution based assessment of online participation and a research project.
You should have a university degree at Honours level or equivalent, or at least 2/3 years relevant work experience. For information on English requirements, please visit our website