ACC10730 Business in Society

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module considers the nature of the relationship between business and society, and how societal issues are increasingly affecting all aspects of corporate strategy and behaviour. It will introduce students to the key issues of morality, ethics and the law and explore contemporary issues in this arena. Moreover, topical issues, around which informed perspectives and opinions diverge, will form an integral part of the curriculum, e.g. executive remuneration policies, origins of and proposed solutions to the current financial crisis, globalization, relocation of MNCs to low-cost economies. The module aims to provide students with a strong sense of the connections (and tensions) between individual, organisational, and societal actions and outcomes, a sense of social embeddedness, while also retaining a positive/entrepreneurial outlook. This module will exploit these issues and frame student assessment and evoke student engagement through debate, critical analysis and written and verbal expression.

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Learning Outcomes:

Describe and assess the key trends that impact on the contemporary relationship between business and society.
Understand and apply various theoretical approaches to morality, ethics and the law within a business context.
Explore a range of topical social, environmental and ethical issues and analyse the role of business within these topics.
Display critical thinking skills in written and oral presentations, and construct an argument based on a wide reading of the academic literature.
Work in a collaborative team process to produce high-quality work.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; Tutorials. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Business in Society (MKT10030)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Case study Question Coursework (End of Trimester) Yes Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Mr Caoimhin O'Madagain Tutor