MSc Management

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN73102
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit enhances students’ understanding of sustainability and social responsibility in a management context, by analysing and developing sustainable business models and the transition to a net-zero economy. The unit analyses how companies can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It considers sustainability strategies and entrepreneurship in different empirical contexts, such as renewable energy, electric vehicles, and the circular economy.


BMAN73102 Programme Req: BMAN73102 is only available as a core unit to students on MSc Management


The aim of the unit is:

  1. to introduce students to the main concepts of, and barriers to, creating change towards sustainable development and social responsibility in a complex world, 
  2. to equip students with tools to promote sustainability in a business context, and
  3. to develop professional skills in students.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Identify the characteristics of sustainable and socially responsible organisations
  • Demonstrate understanding of key aspects of change towards sustainable development, including identifying and balancing social, environmental and economic considerations
  • Consider the various business models which might be adopted to support social, environmental and economic sustainability
  • Consider the role of entrepreneurship in promoting sustainable and responsible companies
  • Look at co-operation between firms, governments and NGOs and see how collaborative working helps meet the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Introduce practical tools and techniques used to evaluate and promote sustainability

Intellectual skills

  • Learn how to apply practical tools and concepts through the analysis of case studies and project work

Assessment methods

Team Project assignments - 30% (Subject to peer assessment upon request)

Individual assignment - 70% 

Feedback methods

Written and in class

Recommended reading

On the Blackboard page of this course unit, literature is provided on CSR, stakeholder management, social entrepreneurship, sustainable business models, sustainability marketing, clean energy, electric vehicles, and business and climate change.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 15
Seminars 15
Independent study hours
Independent study 115

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Anna Krull Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Method

Office hours of course unit coordinator: there is room for asking questions during every seminar, Q&A sessions, and an online discussion forum.

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