Courses & Units

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law LAW642



Potential students not currently enrolled at University, or who are currently enrolled but have not completed 150 points of study should contact the Manager, Academic Administration - Law about a possible pre-requisite waiver.


The governance of business corporations is one of the most pressing challenges for all societies. Corporations are engines of economic development and prosperity, yet also are sometimes implicated in concerns relating to human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and other ethical issues. A global movement for corporate social responsibility (CSR) has emerged in recent decades, seeking to grapple with these challenges. Focusing on relevant developments in Australia and some international examples, this course examines the philosophical underpinnings of CSR and how it is shaped by law (eg business law, environmental regulation and human rights) as well as voluntary business codes. The unit's subject-matter is explored in depth through topical case studies of sectors and issues including the food industry, the "beauty" industry, socially responsible finance and climate change. The unit is conducted through a mix of lectures, class discussions, films, role-plays, problem exercises, and other participatory activities.


Unit name Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law
Unit code LAW642
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

 Prof. Benjamin Richardson

Teaching staff  Prof. Benjamin Richardson
Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $1,729.00 090301

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Completion of 150% of university study (ie 12 x 12.5pt units)


Teaching Pattern

A weekly two hour lecture and a bi-weekly 1 hour tutorial


Class participation (20%); coursework (30%); final examination (50%)

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