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Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility

This interdisciplinary module considers how business increasingly conducts its operations with responsibility to its stakeholders and the wider society. It takes a socio-legal approach when examining how this expectation is being framed in terms of corporate social responsibility and human rights and the challenges of a globalised world. The module is diverse and wide-ranging, considering the development and application of these concepts in very different business contexts such as the development of international labour standards, criminal liability (corruption and corporate manslaughter), branding and marketing, charitable foundations and a range of specialist industries through the use of case studies.

Qualifications

W822 is a compulsory module in our:

W822 is a compulsory module in our Master of Laws unless you are studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Practice (Employment Law Advice) (only available to those working for ACAS) in which case you can count Continuing professional development in practice (UYA810) in place of W822.

W822 is an optional module in our:

This module can also count towards F03, which is no longer available to new students.

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.

Postgraduate Loans 

If you study this module as part of an eligible qualification, you may also be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England. For more information, see Fees and funding.

Excluded combinations

Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with an adviser before registering.
 

Module

Module code
W822
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
30
Study level
Postgraduate
Study method
Distance learning
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What you will study

In this 30-credit module you will use case studies to consider the diverse and complex issues of corporate social responsibility and human rights which arise from commercial activity in a globalised world. You will consider company policies of corporate social responsibility, including the nature and extent of voluntarism shown by companies when devising and implementing them. This module will appeal to an international audience with an interest in human rights and in the culture and behaviour of companies and their responsiveness to the changing external environment. 

Topics covered include: the application of human rights to a business context; marketing, brands and reputation; labour standards; injury, death and business; trade in health; business and corruption; monitoring, enforcement and remedies. Examples and case studies are taken from various industrial sectors in different parts of the world.

You can take this module on its own or as part of a postgraduate qualification.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor with whom you can communicate by email or telephone, who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Your tutor will also run online tutorials that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to take part in.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper. You must submit your end-of-module assessment (EMA) electronically.

Course work includes

3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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Future availability

Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility starts once a year – in November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2020.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Essential Documents website.

    Entry requirements

    To register for this module you must have an honours degree from a UK university or equivalent. Various higher education and professional qualifications are considered equivalent to an honours degree. If you hold a qualification that you believe is an equivalent level to a UK honours degree or if you lack formal academic qualifications but have relevant work experience, please contact us.

    The module is taught in English, and your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    03 Nov 2018 Apr 2019 £1360.00

    Registration closes 18/10/18 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    02 Nov 2019 Apr 2020 Not yet available

    Registration opens on 23/03/19

    This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2020.

    Future availability

    Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility starts once a year – in November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2020.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    A specially commissioned, edited, collection of chapters from leading experts will be provided as the Module Reader; study guide units will direct the student’s learning; plus a dedicated website.

    You will need

    This module may use real time online tutorials in which case you will need a headset with microphone to participate in these tutorials.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • macOS 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students. 

    If you have a disability

    Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and diagrammatic or foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

    Part of this module is delivered through a website and includes online activities. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or the internet and have any concerns about accessing this type of material you are advised to talk to us about support which can be given to meet your needs.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.