Courses & Units

Organisational Social Responsibilities BFA758


Organisations impact, and are impacted by, the societies in which they operate. That is, they are part of a broader social system. Society generally, and different groups of stakeholders specifically, expect an organisation to accept various responsibilities with respect to how it interacts with, and how it is accountable to, different stakeholders. Failure to comply with particular stakeholders’ expectations can have implications for the survival of an organisation. Employer groups, professional accounting bodies and course advisory committees have consistently highlighted the need for business students to be critical thinkers; be able to demonstrate skills that extend beyond technical competencies; and to be able to demonstrate an understanding that organisations are part of a broader social system on which they rely for organisational survival. This unit responds to this expectation, as it: Focusses on graduate self-awareness and applied technical and professional ‘soft’ skills in the following key areas: • Provides insight into identifying stakeholders and their expectations • Emphasises the relevance of sustainability to organisational success • Provides a background to enable the determination of relevant frameworks to apply in order to improve an organisation’s social and environmental performance • Provides insights into applying an accountability model to guide organisational reporting decisions


Unit name Organisational Social Responsibilities
Unit code BFA758
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting
Coordinator Associate Professor Trevor Wilmshurst
Delivered By University of Tasmania and Third Party(ies): ECA


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Investigate how managers’ perceptions of organisational responsibilities influence their perceptions of accountability
  • Critically review the relevance of sustainable development to all organisations and the role of managers in promoting it
  • Evaluate the relevance of different frameworks pertaining to organisational social responsibility and select and apply them appropriate to business settings
  • Demonstrate collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork to accomplish team goals
  • Professionally communicate information and recommendations to a range of stakeholders

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

Workshop, three times during the semester, 240 minutes

Lecture, weekly, 60 minutes

AssessmentIndividual Assignment (30%)|Individual Assignment (35%)|Team Project (35%)
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