Corporate Social Reporting module (BU52044)

Understand the developments in social and environmental reporting, from an economical management and accounting view and how this information can be used.

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You will learn mainstream and critical accounting/management theories, traditional and contemporary organisational practices to discuss issues involved in social and environmental reporting and accountability. You will explore the social responsibility of organisations to wider society, including government, individuals, and groups.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • understand the concept and practice of social (including environmental) reporting and accountability
  • discuss the theoretical foundations for social/environmental reporting and accountability
  • study the current developments in the area of regulation for social and environmental reporting as well as accountability
  • critique the development of new forms of accounting for social/environmental responsibility and accountability
  • learn the role of ethical investment in promoting social as well as environmental responsibility and accountability

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • evaluate relevant research evidence and critically assess practical developments in the areas of social reporting and accountability
  • link theoretical debates on social reporting and accountability with corporate and social and environmental activity in the real world
  • evaluate theoretical and empirical contributions to the relevant literature
  • appreciate the political and power-based understandings of organisation and society

Assignments / assessment

Group presentation (30%)

  • around 20-25 minutes

Essay (70%)

  • around 2,000 words

Teaching methods / timetable

You should expect in-person weekly lectures/workshops sessions of around 2 hours each, plus additional time for independent study.

For this module, the exact dates of teaching and/or reading weeks are to be confirmed.


This module is available on following courses: