PACORSOC - Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
|Highest award||Advanced Diploma in Professional Development||Level||Masters|
|Possible interim awards|
|Total credits for course||40|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||Guildhall School of Business and Law|
|Subject Area||Professional Courses|
|Course leader||Samuel Idowu|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning
The ADPD in CSR and Sustainability programme is designed to give students who we assume will be from different disciplines and backgrounds the opportunity of developing their skills and understanding in the emerging and evolving field of Sustainability and Sustainable Development. The field of corporate social responsibility has continued to reorient our perception of how we need to conduct our operational business practices in order to solve a number of addressable social, economic and environmental problems, graduates from all disciplines need to understand many of the issues involved. The course has been designed to meet this objective. Scholars have argued that there are different perceptions to CSR. Elkington in his triple bottom line model argues that there are three elements to CSR namely economic, social and ecological responsibilities, Carroll argues that the elements are four namely economic, legal, ethical and philanthropic responsibilities the United Nations in its Sustainable Development Goals 2030 in 2015 notes that these elements are in fact five, which are People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace. Understanding what these theories are saying about CSR is a good foundation of embedding ethical practices about CSR in tomorrow’s CSR manager. The programme is designed to do this.
The ADPD CSR and Sustainability aims to enable its graduates
- Develop awareness of issues surrounding Sustainable Development and how it should be weaved into operational practices of corporate entities.
- Develop an understanding of the role of the consultant in developing sustainable businesses.
- Develop awareness of the importance of the outer and inner contexts of organizations, emphasizing the importance of internal stakeholders to successful CSR outcomes.
- Understand the ‘business case’ for CSR which suggests that socially and environmentally aware companies can expect to survive and prosper in a competitive business environment.
Course learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
Graduates who have successfully completed the course will be able to:
- Analyse Sustainable and Environmental reports of corporate entities worldwide
- Demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of sustainability and sustainable development issues
- Critically evaluate core issues surrounding CSR in business and social environments.
- Articulate the need for social innovation and entrepreneurship in the modern corporate scene
By the end of the course the graduates are expected to develop higher order skills reflected in their ability to:
- Be able to relate theoretical issued learnt on the degree to the their own practice and work environment
- Undertake independent research and use acquired knowledge to analyse and evaluate specific issues and sustainability problems that face business and society.
- Demonstrate self-awareness and self-development, general study skills, problem solving, working with others, communication, self-management, self-presentation and decision-making.
- Demonstrate higher level skills in understanding research issues in sustainability and sustainable development.
Practical/transferable skills including employability
By the end of the course, students will have developed practical/transferable skills in CSR and Sustainability that will enhance their chances of employability in the field. They will be able to:
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of practical issues relating to Sustainability and be capable of providing sustainable advice in dealing with them.
- Manage the process of incorporating the advice of consultants within the company.
- Make sound judgements in the absence of complete information, and communicate these findings clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Demonstrate high order skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis in dealing with a business environment challenge
- Work independently to plan and deliver an environment audit proposal for their organisation to a professional standard and demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.
Subject-Specific Practical Skills
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Apply appropriate research methods to propose a detailed investigation in the subject
- Foster a critical awareness and deep interest in Practical Sustainability and combine knowledge and analysis acquired in core modules to develop sustainability management skills.
- Understand issues surrounding corporate governance, essential requirements of good governance and the UK Combined Code and Corporate Governance Codes in selected countries around the world.
Principle QAA benchmark statements
This course complies with the QAA Characteristics Statement for Master’s Degrees (2015)
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/Ma sters-Degree-Characteristics-15.pdf , and the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Master’s Degrees in Business and Management
A range of Assessment methods will be used by module leaders on the course. These assessment methods are designed to measure achievement and to foster the development of the range of learning outcomes given in Section 11 above. It is anticipated that the assessment strategy will support the development of effective and responsible CSR practitioners and experts. Timely feedback to students by module leaders a university wide policy will be adhered to.
Course specific regulations
The course conforms with the Regulations of the University Postgraduate Scheme and there are no additional regulations.
Modules required for interim awards
All core modules must be taken and passed to gain the award
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
The ADPD CSR and Sustainability will organise a week long induction programme for students on the degree. The focus of the induction will be to active learning and development whilst inculcating the principles of individual and team learning and development, action planning and preparation for academic study at master’s level. The two core modules are designed to give students the opportunity to develop their reflective learning and personal development. One of the in-course assignments on Fundamentals of Corporate Social Responsibility will for example will require
Students’ to work in groups to find solutions to a few problems on social, economic and environmental issues contained in cases which will be provided to them.
Arrangements on the course for careers education, information and guidance
Students will be actively encouraged to arrange to meet with the university’s Careers Service. Additional activities including networking events, masterclasses, workshops, guest lectures, book launches etc will be used to support career development and employability during the course.
CSR is an umbrella term that many companies use to describe a variety of activities and can permeate through many roles in an organisation. This course is aimed at middle management professionals and technical specialists who are already working in CSR and sustainability who have an interest in expanding their knowledge.
You will need:
- a good bachelor’s degree (2.2) in any subject
Students may be considered with HND/HNC providing they have work experience in the CSR and sustainability or a related field equivalent to experienced middle management. Exceptionally, candidates with significant CSR experience at a senior level may be considered. Interviews are generally required for non-standard entry.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS at a minimum of 6 with 5.5 in each component. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2017/18||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||31 May 2017||Last validation date||31 May 2017|
|Sources of funding||FUNDED ENTIRELY BY STUDENT TUITION FEES|
Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered
|AC7070||Fundamentals of CSR and Sustainability||Core||20||CITY||AUT||THU||EV|
Stage 1 Level 07 January start Offered
|AC7070||Fundamentals of CSR and Sustainability||Core||20|