Curricular Unit:Code:
Social Responsibility and Management Ethics997RSET
Year:Level:Course:Credits:
2UndergraduateQuality, Environment and Safety Management4 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Spring SemesterPortuguese/English52
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Recognition of the importance of sustainability principles in organizational context; recognition of the role of social responsibility and corporate citizenship in the promotion of organizational sustainability; Identification of the main instruments of corporate social responsibility and the main values for an ethical behavior in management; identify the principles of their application; preparation of the students to actively promote and participate in the integration of the concepts of sustainability, social responsibility and business ethics in organizational management.
Syllabus:
1. Sustainability in organizational context
2. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - concept and historical evolution.
3. Business Ethics – principles and values.
4. Stakeholder Engagement.
5. CSR instruments.
6. Management Systems and CSR
7. Case studies
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The syllabus promotes the acquisition of knowledge regarding the concept s of Sustainability, Social Responsibility and Ethics in organizational context, promoting contact with the main CSR instruments applied in professional practice.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The teaching methodologies are mainly expositive, interrogative and demonstrative, both during classes and tutorial orientation sessions. Case-studies are frequently used, in order to allow the interpretation and correct application of theoretical knowledge. Students are encouraged and oriented to perform research essays. Whenever possible, field trips are promoted.
The evaluation is continuous, through the practical application of knowledge in individual or group assignments, and research essays.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
This curricular unite explores the concepts of Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Ethics and Corporate Citizenship, analyzing the origin and evolution of these concepts to the present day. In the section dedicated to Sustainability, focus is given to Sustainability dimensions and their importance in organizational context. In the study of Social Responsibility, attention will be given to the main motivations and difficulties for its implementation. The main reference standards regarding CSR are studied, with the purpose to enable students in promoting CSR and performing its integration in organizational management. . Several case-studies are analyzed, regarding successful CSR practices, with the purpose to demonstrate the viability and practical interest in promoting CSR.
Reading:
1. Comissão das Comunidades Europeias (2002). Corporate Social Responsibility - A Business Contribution to Sustainable Development.
2. Comissão das Comunidades Europeias (2011). A renewed EU strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social Responsibility.
3. Rego, A., Cunha, M.F.; Costa, N.G. et al. (2006). Gestão ética e socialmente responsável: teoria e prática. Lisboa: Editora RH.
4. Santos, M.J.N. (coord.) (2005). Desenvolvimento Sustentável e Responsabilidade Empresarial. Celta Editora: Oeiras.