Course Outline

BUS320 Business, Governance and Society

Course Coordinator:Deanna Grant-Smith ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course will develop your understanding of the links between business and society. You will critically analyse the role of business in society and its expectations of business. Issues of corporate social responsibility (CSR), business ethics, and sustainability are explored.  This course will help you gain an understanding of the critical responsibilities business has because of that.  You will gain an informed appreciation of the role of governance, the importance and impact of business policy, risk and crises management, the role of government and regulation, and corporate citizenship.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled online workshops. 2hrs Week 1 12 times

Course Topics

  • Sustainable Development Goals and its stakeholders
  • Thinking through Business Ethics
  • Responsibility & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Values, morals, ethics & virtue
  • Values Alignment, CSR & leadership
  • Social Enterprise
  • Ethics of Care: Where emotions matter
  • Dealing with Ethical Failure
  • Mindful Practice of Management
  • Being Reflexive 
  • Governance: Risk and Reputation

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
1 Identify and apply appropriate analytical techniques to identify business stakeholders and their implications for a firm. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
PC3, PC3.1, PC4, PC6, PC6.2
2 Apply appropriate discipline knowledge and theory to identify relevant CSR, ethics and sustainability approaches and make recommendations. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
PC3, PC3.1, PC4, PC4.1, PC6.2
3 Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the role of society and the implications for an extended stakeholder approach to business decisions. Knowledgeable
PC3, PC3.1, PC4, PC5.1, PC6, PC6.2
4 Demonstrate an appreciation of the need to embrace and respect diversity and foster inclusivity in a business context Ethical
PC3, PC4, PC4.1, PC5, PC5.1, PC6, PC6.2
5 Demonstrate effective communication skills in a business context Empowered
PC1.1, PC1.2, PC1.3, PC6, PC6.1, PC6.2

* Competencies by Professional Body

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
PC1.1 Written Communication
PC1.2 Oral Communication
PC1.3 Digital Literacy
PC3 Creative and Critical Thinking
PC3.1 Problem Solving
PC4 Community Consciousness
PC4.1 Social Responsibility and Sustainability
PC5 Cultural Awareness
PC5.1 Diversity
PC6 Career-ready
PC6.1 Self-management
PC6.2 Discipline Knowledge

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Completed 144 units in undergraduate business courses


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It would be advisable for students to have general management and strategic management knowledge or be in their final year of undergraduate studies.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Formative feedback is provided informally during workshops.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Report Individual 50%
2,000 words
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Oral Individual 50%
10 minutes
Week 13 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Potter Box Case Analysis
To identify various stakeholders, and critically analyse and address their concerns within a business context.
Product: Report
You will actively apply the concepts and theories learnt in this course to real-world scenarios. This application will be accompanied by a reflective process, encouraging critical evaluation, and understanding.

This task is being used for measuring assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Competency will be assessed: PC4.1: Social Responsibility (Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the need to take a socially responsible and sustainable approach to business decisions).
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification of core ethical values
Recognition of diverse stakeholder interests in a business decision making context.
Application of socially responsible approaches to decision making in business contexts.
Knowledge of relevant legislation and principles associated with social sustainability.
Reflexivity and self-assessment.
Professional writing.
All - Assessment Task 2:Values and Professional Development Narrative
To cultivate a strategy for personal and professional Ethics and CSR development into the initial post-graduation stages.
Product: Oral
Applying learnings from this course and reflection, you will use your oral and digital communication skills to explain the expansion of your personal and professional development into the early years of your post-graduation professional career.

This task is being used for measuring assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Competency will be assessed: PC5.1: Diversity (Demonstrate an appreciation of the need to embrace and respect diversity and foster inclusion in a business context).
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Reflexivity and self-assessment
Appreciation and respect for cultural and other forms of diversity in a business context.
Professional presentation
Development of a behavioural action plan to respond to ethical issues.
Valuing of the need for inclusion in a business context.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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