Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility examines how corporations respond to ethical dilemmas whilst taking stock of the needs of their various stakeholders and the expectations of national governments. This requires an understanding of the social responsibilities of business in a global environment. The roles of government regulation and community collaboration, as they impact on businesses operating across cultures, are also explored and current reforms of corporate governance are analysed.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 2 - 2021

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Trimester 2 - 2021

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)


  • Trimester 3 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Distinguish the various expectations and demands that emanate from stakeholders on business firms;

2. Practice appropriate business responses and management approaches for dealing with social, political, environmental, technological and global issues;

3. Describe the ethical an current social responsibility issues and the influence of these issues on society, management decision making, behaviour, policies and practices;

4. Define governance in business and recognise the legitimacy of business as an institution in a global society;

5. Evaluate the extent to which social, ethical, public and global issues must be considered from a strategic perspective.

6. Engage effectively in leadership of, and participation in, group problem solving processes


The content of this course includes, but is not limited, to the following topics:

  1. Business, Society and Stakeholders
  2. Corporate Governance and Strategic Management
  3. Business Ethics and Management
  4. External Stakeholder Issues
  5. Internal Stakeholder Issues

Assumed knowledge

Students should complete 40 units of postgraduate courses before enrolling in this course.

Assessment items

Project: Individual Project

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Group Case Study

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct, Online, PSB Singapore and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term

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