Corporate Social Responsability and Business Ethics

Academic year
Subject Area
Área Científica do Menor
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

In-class theory exposition, discussion of concepts, analysis of real cases. Theoretical knowledge and practical exercises will be provided as guidance for studying and in-class discussion. Students’ participation is valued and they will be invited to take a lead on the topics and situations discussed in class, based on their own interests and experiences.    

Learning Outcomes

Overall objectives

This course is designed for those who are committed to reflecting upon human behavior, interpersonal relations and models of social and economic organization in modern societies. Therefore, it specifically introduces students to the debate about the ethical implications of business practices and the responsibilities that bind organizations to society. Hence, the course also aims to engage students in the current debate on Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics, through a series of interactive learning activities.

Specific objectives

To discuss the definition and importance of CSR in a business context. To introduce students to a discussion about the meaning and practical implications of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in contemporary business contexts.

Accordingly, theoretical knowledge and practical exercises will be provided as guidance for studying and in-class discussion.

Work Placement(s)



1.  Historical context of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

2.  Concepts and objectives of CSR

3.  The process of the development of CSR

4.  The role of stakeholders and shareholders and potential conflicts of interests among stakeholders

5.  Institutional initiatives and international guidelines – Ethical Responsibilities in practice

6.  Business Ethics Issues and Environmental Justice

7.  Critical Perspectives on CSR 

8.  Controversies surrounding Social Responsibility practices 

Head Lecturer(s)

Sara Marina Oliveira Ramos

Assessment Methods

final exam – 40%; 1 group assignments – 30%; in-class presentation - 30% ). This course will not have oral tests.: 100.0%


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