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MN4227 Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module provides an introduction to and analysis of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, the meaning, tensions and conflicts that social responsibility entails and the role that accountability can play in the discharge of responsibility in a democracy. The module will examine the theory and practice of social, environmental and sustainability reporting as a manifestation of social and environmental accountability and explore and assess current experiences with that reporting. The module will examine the practical and political constraints on the development of substantive social, environmental and sustainability reporting and explore different ways in which the discharge of social accountability might be achieved.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all Management degrees, Management Science. Optional for Sustainable Development.

UG Pre-requisite(s):EITHER both MN2001 and MN2002 OR SD2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 lectures (x 10 weeks) and 1 tutorial (x 11 weeks), and 2 optional consultative hours (x 10 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 30
  • Guided independent study: 170

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:An alternative project of up to 3,000 words = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof Ferguson
Module teaching staff:Prof Ferguson