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Global Business and the Sustainable Development Goals (BUST10148)


Business Studies





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Visiting students must have at least 4 Business courses at grade B or above. This course cannot be taken alongside BUST08008 International Business: Globalisation and Trade 2A or BUST08009 International Business and the Multinational Enterprise 2B. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

According to the United Nations, 'The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030 The aim of this module is to critically explore how transnational corporations can profitably contribute to harnessing the opportunities and addressing the risks inherent in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This module will contribute to mainstreaming Ethics, Responsiblity and Sustainability (ERS) in the curriculum.

Course Description

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are very critical global goals. They hold both significant opportunities, if creatively harnessed, and enormous risks, if not addressed. The aim of this module is to critically explore how different businesses can profitably contribute to harnessing the opportunities and addressing the risks inherent in the Sustainable Development Goals. It will draw immensely from the literature on Business as a Development Actor. At the end of the module, the students are expected to: Understand the sustainable development goals and critically examine their implications for transnational corporations; Understand and critically discuss the theoretical foundations of business as a development and policy actor in the global economy; Critically evaluate various approaches to achieving the SDGs; Understand, theorise, and critically discuss how the sustainable development goals are redefining business society relations; Critically appraise the importance of sustainability thinking as a core managerial capability in coping with the challenges of and exploring the opportunities in the sustainable development goals. OUTLINE CONTENT: The course content will be structured to draw from the list of The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world with a focus on how transnational corporations can contribute to meeting the following: GOAL 1: No Poverty GOAL 2: Zero Hunger GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being GOAL 4: Quality Education GOAL 5: Gender Equality GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production GOAL 13: Climate Action GOAL 14: Life Below Water GOAL 15: Life on Land GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal COURSE OUTLINE: *Introduction*: Global Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) *Theme #1 Foundations. Sustainable Development: Theoretical Foundations* Transnational Corporations as Sustainable Development and Policy Actors. Africapitalism and the Changing Role of Business in Africa. *Theme #2: Transnational Corporations and the SDGs in Multiple Spaces* Transnational Corporations and the SDGs in the Community (Goals 1, 2, 6, 11) Transnational Corporations and the SDGs in the Workplace (Goals 3, 4, 5, 8, 10) Transnational Corporations and the SDGs in the Marketplace (Goals 9, 12) Transnational Corporations and the SDGs in the Ecological Environment (Goals 7, 13, 14, 15). *Theme #3: Extension, Integration, and Evaluation* Business Coalitions and Cooperative Strategies for Sustainable Development (Goals 16, 17) Guest Lecture/ Class Discussion/ Revision. STUDENT LEARNING EXPERIENE: The course will comprise ten sessions of two hours duration to be held each week in Semester 1. The course will combine lectures and discussion and will require class participation. In addition to the normal requirements of academic study, students will be expected to keep up to date with developments in the area through newspaper and journal reports.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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