Universität Wien FIND

040165 VK Corporate Social Responsibility of the International Firm (2020W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at

This course familiarizes participants with the discourse on social responsibilities of private corporations. Diverse schools of thought from moral philosophy are taught in the theory-driven part of the course. Theories and concepts from the social and economic sciences regarding (im)morality of action complement this knowledge framework. Participants hone analytical abilities by identifying and articulating ethical dilemmas that arise in practice in the international business environment with the help of instructive case-studies. The aim of the course is to improve awareness of ethical principles and empower participants to critically evaluate legitimate stakeholder interests and incorporate them into ethically sound decision-making.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

NOTE: Due to the current situation of the pandemic the majority of sessions are held in digital form. You will be updated about any changes and final exam format during the course time.

Wednesday 07.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 14.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 04.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 18.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 16.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 13.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 27.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 14 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Wednesday 27.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will offer an introduction to theory and concepts in corporate social responsibility (CSR). The focus will be on understanding a CSR perspective towards a firm’s strategic planning so that a firm is/should be managed in the interests of a broad set of stakeholders to achieve maximum economic and social value over time.
This course aims to promote students’ analytical thinking and active learning about a sustainable business model for the twenty-first century. The course introduces students to the foundations of CSR in general, and the basics of strategic thinking towards CSR, in particular. Further, the objective is to develop students’ ability to apply CSR concepts to practical business situations.
This course combines a lecture-centered approach with a student-centered approach to learning. Thus, students are expected to actively participate in class discussions and read the provided course materials.

Assessment and permitted materials

• 20% class participation and assignments
• 30% presentation
• 50% final written exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

50 % with at least 25% obtained in the final exam.

Examination topics

Materials covered during the course

Reading list

Will be provided in the first session.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:12