London, United Kingdom

Corporate Social Responsibility

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module offers perspectives on corporate social responsibility both as a governing mechanism for businesses as well as a form of business practice.

Students will examine the theoretical paradigms surrounding the corporate objective, international movements in corporate social responsibility led by organisations such as the OECD and the UN, and delves into the role of corporations’ vis-à-vis social rights at both domestic and international levels. The module devotes a significant proportion of time to the role of corporations in human rights and furthering social welfare and will discuss key critical perspectives on other social rights, including labour and the environment, where relevant. This module challenges students into viewing the role and responsibility of the corporation from perspectives beyond the traditional idea of profit making.

Course leader

Dr Barnali Choudhury is a Senior Lecturer at University College London, Faculty of Laws. Her research specializes on issues at the intersection of economics and human rights. She has published extensively including two books with Cambridge University Pre

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Describe contemporary social issues implicated by corporate activity

Critically discuss the theories underlying corporate governance and international human rights law

Describe the regulatory challenges raised by corporations with respect to the protection of human and other social rights

Critically assess existing international and domestic mechanisms regulating corporate issues implicating social rights

Identify shortcomings in current regulatory efforts to regulate corporations and devise suggestions for improving these shortcomings

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.