Courses & Units

Corporate Sustainability BFA527


• 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.


Unit name Corporate Sustainability
Unit code BFA527
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Accountability
Coordinator Doctor Mansi Mansi
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast sustainability concepts from a range of perspectives and examine the relevance of ‘accounting’ to sustainability.
  • Analyse the relationship between organisational responsibilities, accountabilities, and accounting.
  • Evaluate the various ways in which social and environmental considerations can be embedded within an organisation.
  • Evaluate the various frameworks for reporting information about an organisation’s social and environmental performance, and the tools that can be used to analyse publicly available sustainability reports.
  • Demonstrate the qualities of a critical thinker and reflective practitioner, particularly in relation to the relevance of material to different places including the Tasmanian context.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090103 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,702.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



AssessmentReport to Management (30%)|Production of a video (30%)|Maximum of 2,000 words (excluding appendix & references) (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



There are no compulsory textbooks you are required to purchase for this unit, but the unit’s websiteMyLO includes extensive material you will need to read, e.g. from:

Elkington, J. (2018), ‘25 Years Ago I Coined the Phrase “Triple Bottom Line.” Here’s Why It’s Time to Rethink It’, Harvard Business Review, 25 June. 

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. 

Weybrecht, G., (2014,), The Sustainable MBA, 2nd edn. Wiley Publishing. 


Bakan, J., . (2004,), The Corporation: the Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power. 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. 

Pearce, D., Markandya, A. and Barbier, E. B. (1989), Blueprint for a Green Economy, Earthscan Publications, London. 

Pearce, D. (ed) et al,., (1991) Blueprint 2: GreenGreening the World Economy, Earthscan Publications, London. 

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