MGMT230-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Business, Society and the Environment

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course is a general introduction to the changing responsibilities of business to society and the environment. This course is designed to 1) help you to understand current perspectives on the impact of business on climate change globalisation, and consumerism, and, 2) to help you analyse and develop ways in which business organisations respond ethically to the needs of society and the environment. Each of the topics is addressed at a global, national and organisational level.

This is a blended learning course and as such has some face-to-face lectures, with some online only classes to give you more flexibility towards the end of the semester. This course taps into various disciplines with the aim of creating not only a holistic overview that more accurately reflects the kaleidoscopic nature of sustainability within the context of business, but also combines insights from different disciplines in order to suggest concrete practical and viable solutions to environmental and social problems we are facing. This course allows you to get a taste of these disciplines and to learn what you can do in your own career to address the challenges of reconciling business with environmental and social sustainability. The course is designed to provide a brief overview of the roles that business, globalization, consumerism and environmentalism play in today’s world, with particular focus on sustainability.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT-MKTG230S1 is:
Lectures 24
Final Exam (online) 2
Test Preparation 25
1080 Case Analysis 49
Online Lessons 7
Lecture Preparation 55
Presentation Preparation 10
Peer Assessment 3
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss forces that shape business activities and vice-versa. In particular, these include environment, consumerism and globalisation.
  • Identify and discuss conflicting ideologies of the social and environmental responsibilities of business and how these affect business practices.
  • Identify useful and successful practices for responding to the needs of society and the environment.
  • Evaluate such practices in relation to a sample of New Zealand companies.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


60 points


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Michaela Balzarova


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
1080 Case Analysis 02 Apr 2023 35% 1080 Case Analysis
Online Presentation 12 May 2023 15% Online Presentation
Peer Assessment 26 May 2023 5% Peer Assessment
Online Lessons 10% Online Lessons - Week 10 and 11 assessed
Final Test 29 May 2023 35% Final Test

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Kopnina, Helen , Blewitt, John, Taylor and Francis; Sustainable business : key issues ; Second edition; Routledge, an imprint of Taylor and Francis, 2018 (Available Online for Free through UC Library).

Learning Resources
This course is heavily based on the following textbook. You are strongly encouraged to purchase one and make the most of it during this course. This textbook will be prescribed again next year which gives you an opportunity to re-sell to one lucky student the following year.

Lecture notes will be uploaded on Learn and lectures delivered in class will be recorded. Please note that online lectures will not be recorded!


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies
A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the following:
• UC Business School Student Handbook on the UC Business School Students Learn page
General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $868.00

International fee $4,075.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Tourism .

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