Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility
This interdisciplinary module considers how business increasingly conducts its operations with responsibility to its stakeholders and the wider society. It takes a socio-legal approach when examining how this expectation is being framed in terms of corporate social responsibility and human rights and the challenges of a globalised world. The module is diverse and wide-ranging, considering the development and application of these concepts in very different business contexts such as the development of international labour standards, criminal liability (corruption and corporate manslaughter), branding and marketing, charitable foundations and a range of specialist industries through the use of case studies.
01 Nov 2014
Registration closes 17/10/14 (places subject to availability)Click to register
07 Nov 2015
Not yet available
Registration opens on 12/03/15
This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2017.
What you will study
In this 30-credit module you will use case studies to consider the diverse and complex issues of corporate social responsibility and human rights which arise from commercial activity in a globalised world. You will consider company policies of corporate social responsibility, including the nature and extent of voluntarism shown by companies when devising and implementing them. This module will appeal to an international audience with an interest in human rights and in the culture and behaviour of companies and their responsiveness to the changing external environment.
Topics covered include: the application of human rights to a business context; marketing, brands and reputation; labour standards; injury, death and business; trade in health; business and corruption; monitoring, enforcement and remedies. Examples and case studies are taken from various industrial sectors in different parts of the world.
You can take this module on its own or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
To register for this module you must have an honours degree from a UK university or equivalent. Various higher education and professional qualifications are considered equivalent to an honours degree. If you hold a qualification that you believe is an equivalent level to a UK honours degree or if you lack formal academic qualifications but have relevant work experience, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
The module is taught in English, and your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
W822 is a compulsory module in our:
W822 is a compulsory module in our Master of Laws unless you are studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Practice (Employment Law Advice) (only available to those working for ACAS) in which case you can count Continuing professional development in practice (UYA810) in place of W822.
W822 is an optional module in our:
This module can also count towards F03, which is no longer available to new students.
Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.
Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service before registering.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are
available on our Essential documents website.
If you have a disability
Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and diagrammatic or foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.
Part of this module is delivered through a website and includes online activities. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or the internet and have any concerns about accessing this type of material you are advised to talk to us about support which can be given to meet your needs.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.
A specially commissioned, edited, collection of chapters from leading experts will be provided as the Module Reader; study guide units will direct the student’s learning; plus a dedicated website.
You will need
W822 may use real time online tutorials in which case you will need a headset with microphone to participate in these tutorials.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.
If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).
Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
You will have a tutor with whom you can communicate by email or telephone, who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Your tutor will also run online tutorials that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to take part in.
Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.
You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper. You must submit your end-of-module assessment (EMA) electronically.
Students also studied
Students who studied this course also studied at some time:
The details given here are for the module that starts in November 2013. We expect it to be available once a year, in November.
How to register
To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.
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