After having completed the course, students are familiar with the main discussions, developments, organizations and tools in corporate
environmental responsibility and have the capability to monitor developments in the field and find further information. Students understand the mainstream and critical research perspectives on business and the natural environment and are able to develop an empirical research question that connects to a body of academic research in the field. They can write credibly, objectively and critically about corporate environmental responsibility.
Periods 2 and 4.
Independent study, including reading articles, watching webcasts, analyzing statistics and news items (40 hours) in order to answer
questions in Moodle exam. Reading the textbook (40 hours) and writing the assigned essay (55 hours). The course consists of two parts:
- Overview: Each student completes an online (Moodle) exam consisting of 10 short questions. Each question points to online information sources: webcasts, research articles, websites of relevant organizations or statistical reports, which you will need to study in order to answer the question. The aim of this part of the course is to ensure that you have an overview of the field and its practices (such as environmental management systems, the global reporting initiative, product-service systems)
- Research perspectives essay: Drawing on the book Hoffman, A. & Georg, S. (2018) Business and the Natural Environment (Routledge Focus), each student should write a 10-page essay where you:
a. select and describe a research perspective on business sustainability that interests you (3-4 p.)
b. select and describe an empirical research topic that you could investigate from this perspective (3-4 p.)
c. frame and motivate your essay with a good introduction (1-2 p.)
d. end your essay with concluding reflections concerning the pros and cons of using this research perspective (1-2 p.)
e. carefully copy-edit your text and make sure your references are in good order.