BUSMAN 771 : Business in Society

Business and Economics

2022 Quarter Four (1228) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the role of business in society, how businesses interact with government and other institutions, and how businesses can contribute to solving the key challenges of the twenty-first century.

Course Overview

This course explores key challenges of the 21st century through sustainable development goals (SDGs), which serve as a blueprint for achieving economic and social development aspirations. We also discuss the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi considerations in business practice in Aotearoa, and examine corporate social responsibility, sustainability and their implications for business, society, and the environment. You will develop an appreciation for the varying cultural, social, economic and environmental consequences of economic and managerial decisions. We will discuss business ethics and the principles that guide ethical decision making. You will advance your written communication skills and develop reflexivity and critical reflection skills.  

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe what a business is and identify and describe the influence of internal and external factors on a business (Capability 1, 2 and 4.2)
  2. Explain the relationship between business and society and distinguish between stakeholder and shareholder theories in explaining this relationship (Capability 1 and 6)
  3. Explain the role of business in addressing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4.2 and 6)
  4. Critically analyze Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies and assess how they address one or more of the SDGs (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4.2, 5.2 and 6)
  5. Demonstrate skills in academic and information literacy (Capability 4.2, 5.1 and 5.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Discussions 30% Peer Coursework
Assignments 10% Individual Coursework
Reports 60% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 15 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

Delivery Mode


Attendance is not compulsory at scheduled online activities including webinars to components of the course.
The course will include live online events including group discussions/webinars and these will be recorded.
Where possible, study material will be available at course commencement.
This course runs to the University quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

All assessments you submit in this course must be your own original completed specifically for this course. Assignments must not have been submitted for credit towards any other course or in any prior version of this course. All work must be completed on time and handed in according to the instructions. Late submissions incur a marks penalty that increases each day. Extensions are given only in very exceptional cases such as significant illness, accompanied by a doctor's certificate. Back up your work frequently, as computer failure is not grounds for an extension. Written work must be properly referenced using APA. See ww.cite.auckland.nz/ for guidelines. Your written work should also be written in clear, concise, grammatically correct English. Please make use of the University's English language support resources if you need assistance with this. 

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

If your personal circumstances are significantly affecting your test performance or preparation you can apply for consideration. Exam aegrotat and compassionate applications are handled separately. An application must be completed no later than seven days after the affected test date at University Health and Counselling Service (UHCS). For information and an application please go to: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration/compassionate-consideration-for-written-tests.html  

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 09/12/2021 03:53 p.m.