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  • There are currently many environmental and social problems confronting current and future generations
  • To address some of these issues there needs to be a focus on issues relating to sustainable development
  • Moves towards sustainable development and sustainability require relevant and reliable information
  • This unit will show how managers,with the assistance of accounting and accountants,can play a key role in generating such information
  • It is vital that individuals undertaking business education understand how ‘accounting’ –if properly considered -can be used to generate positive social and environmental benefits for various stakeholders, both current and future.
  • This course will encourage students to critically think about the role of accounting in supporting sustainable development.

Summary 2020

Unit name Corporate Sustainability
Unit code BFA527
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Corporate Governance

Professor Craig Deegan

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

LO1Understand and compare sustainability concepts from a range of perspectives and understand the relevance of ‘accounting’ to sustainability.
LO2Understand the relationship between organisational  responsibilities, accountabilities,and accounting.
LO3Be aware of various ways in which social and environmental considerations can be embedded within an organisation
LO4Be  aware  of  various  frameworks  for  reporting  information  about  an organisation’s social and environmental performance and appreciate why an  organisation  reports  such  information,  to  whom  it  is  reported,  what might be reported, and how it might be reported
LO5Be aware of tools that can be used to analyse publicly available sustainability reports.
LO6Demonstrate  the  qualities  of  a critical  thinker  and reflective  practitioner and understand the relevance of the material to particular places, including within the Tasmanian context.Demonstrate  the  qualities  of  a critical  thinker  and reflective  practitioner and understand the relevance of the material to particular places, including within the Tasmanian context.







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Group Assignment (30%), Video Presentation (20%), Take Home Exam (50%).

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