The aim of this unit is to prepare you for postgraduate studies in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. It introduces the concept of economic, environmental and social (triple bottom line (TBL)) reporting from both a business and social perspective. The link between Triple Bottom Line reporting and the concept of sustainability is explored. The unit also examines related areas of corporate and government accountability, including corporate social responsibility and corporate ethics. You will apply advanced knowledge and skills in corporate sustainability and Triple Bottom Line to developing a sustainability framework and a reflective journal working independently and collaboratively with others from diverse intercultural backgrounds.
|Unit name||Corporate Sustainability|
Office of the Provost & AD
|Available as student elective?||No|
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Develop advanced knowledge and skills in identifying and effectively using vocabulary (words, concepts, idioms, jargons etc.) in Corporate sustainability and TBL contexts;
- Research, critically analyze and discuss the historical development and social contexts of Corporate sustainability and TBL;
- Understand and compare the concepts of sustainability from a range of perspectives;
- Develop, communicate, and apply a sustainability framework;
- Demonstrate the qualities of a reflective practitioner.
Test and class quizzes 50%
Sustainability Framework 25%
Reflective Journal 25%
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Bakan, J. (2004), The Corporation, Constable, London.
Brundtland, G. H. (1987), Our Common Future, World Commission on Environment and Development, Switzerland.
Dellaportas, S., Gibson, K., Alagiah, R., Hutchinson, M., Leung, P. and Van Homrigh, D. (2005), Ethics, Governance and Accountability, Wiley, Milton, Queensland.
Estes, R. (1996), Tyranny of the Bottom Line, Berrett‐Koehler Publishers, San Francisco.
Moscardo, G., Lamberton, G., Wells, G., Fallon, W., Lawn, P., Rowe, A., Humphrey, J., Wiesner, R., Pettit, B., Clifton, D., Renouf, M., and Kershaw, W. (2013), Sustainability in Australian Business: Principles and Practice, John Wiley and Sons, Australia.
Pearce, D., Markandya, A. and Barbier, E. B. (1989), Blueprint for a Green Economy, Earthscan Publications, London.
In addition to the texts recommended above, you are also expected to be familiar with the key academic journals in the discipline from which useful insights may be derived. In particular, you are encouraged to review regularly the relevant papers that are published in:
· Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal
· Accounting Forum
· Accounting Organisations and Society
· Journal of Cleaner Production
· Social and Environmental Accountability Journal
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