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Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law LAW642


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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Law is an interdisciplinary, seminar-style unit that examines theoretical concepts, legal principles and doctrines, and case studies relating to corporate environmental and social behaviour. The unit aims to have students critique the values and effects of the market system in which companies function, consider the philosophical debates on the meaning and purpose of corporate social responsibility, and to understand the extent of obligations of business to specific stakeholders in legal, economic, and moral terms. Critical issues relating to environmental performance, human rights, business ethics and customer service are examined as case studies of contemporary CSR practice and governance.


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

Professor Benjamin Richardson

Teaching staff

Professor Benjamin Richardson

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


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the contemporary role of the business corporation and appreciate its social, environmental and ethical significance.
  2. Identify and be able to apply in specific contexts the laws, policies, ethical principles and CSR theories about business corporations in regard to their social and environmental activities and impacts.
  3. Assess directions for better governance to promote CSR.



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090301 $1,812.0 $850.0 not applicable $1,812.5

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Completion of 150 points of university study (ie. 12 x 12.5 point units)


Teaching Pattern

Weekly lecture (2 hours)
Fortnightly tutorial (1 hour)


Task 1: Major assignment (50%)

Task 2: Final exam (50%)

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