You’ll learn how to identify problems facing companies under the umbrella of social responsibility and draw upon a range of sources to generate solutions to these problems. You’ll apply conceptual frameworks in order to enhance understanding about the impacts of corporate policies and recognise and reconcile the competing demands of corporate policies and stakeholder interests. You’ll also forecast the positive and negative impact of policies and actions in a manner that reduces corporate risk, and demonstrate the value of CSR in order to better inform decision-making.
Those undertaking the Energy route will examine its relationship to global issues, national security and conflict management. You’ll also study the impact of energy on health from the perspective of those both working inside the energy sector and those outside it who are affected by its operations.
Those undertaking the Sustainable Development route will examine the impact of globalisation on communities, how to manage community development projects and the development leadership skills.
Regardless of your route you will study research design and methodology in preparation for the dissertation. This will focus on understanding the skills and techniques most suitable for use in the workplace and you will be encouraged to undertake a work-based dissertation where appropriate.
You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, online discussions, webinars and self-directed study. Assessment methods include written coursework; essays, case studies and reports, and contribution-based assessment of online participation, and a research project.
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. Examples of such student projects include:
- Assessing the potential for CSR to help with peace-building amongst communities in Uganda
- Analysing the impact of Local Content policies on CSR carried out by oil and gas companies
- Lectures - 15 students per group, 4 hours per week
- Seminars - 15 students per group, 8 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 6 hours per semester
- Independent Study - 16 hours per week
- Placement / Work Based Learning - 1 hour per week
A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Our school is the only provider of this course in Scotland, and has an expanding social science teaching and research portfolio. Our team of Lecturers have strong practice and research backgrounds, and a passion for helping you to achieve your best – whether that’s online, supervising your dissertation, or providing pastoral support. With small class sizes we get to know you as an individual throughout your course. Our teaching staff will provide you with a stimulating and enjoyable education as you gain a range of skills required to add value to society in a wide-range of career possibilities.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 8 written assignments, including essay
- 3 reports
- 1 dissertation
- 1 oral assessment
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
A variety of potential careers are open to you as a graduate of this course and former students have gone on to devise and manage the CSR strategies of national governments, to manage sustainability issues in multinational corporations, to work in corporate communications and PR and to progress to doctoral studies - to name just a few possibilities.
Developing the skills taught on this course will enable you to help companies extend their appreciation of the environments they operate in, in order to better inform corporate decision-making and manage attendant uncertainties and risks. Your learning experience is directed towards achieving this, cultivating the necessary academic learning so you will graduate with employable, desirable skills and/or the ability to pursue further research opportunities within international contexts.
- Applicants should hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject area, and demonstrate an interest and understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility, in the University course application form.
- Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
Distance Learning Part-time
- £3,520 Stage 1
- £3,520 Stage 2
- £2,350 Stage 3
- £7,380 entire course
- £11,450 entire course
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
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