PACE225-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Workplace Skills and Corporate Social Responsibility

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


As a student, you will be given the opportunity to work with a business to formulate a project proposal that furthers its corporate social responsibility objectives through community engagement. Making a difference to a community as well as to your own career and workplace skills development are key objectives of this course. The course is open to students from all disciplines.

The world of work is moving faster than ever before.  While university core subjects are key, so are the practical skills that you will need to solve local and global challenges of the future. This course is designed to simulate a work situation, where in small teams (as in any workplace) you will work together on campus in a supported environment.  Your task will be to assist a business (Hawkins Construction) by creating a project proposal for them that has a positive societal impact upon a particular community.

What does this course cover?
• The essentials of working in a team, how to research and write up a project plan and other workplace skills, like communication and problem-solving and must-have te reo Māori and tikanga for working in Aotearoa New Zealand
•      Learn what corporate social responsibility is and why it matters to everyone in today’s world.
•      Create your own Career Development Portolio which plots the workplace workplace skills you have at the start of the course, those that you develop during the course, finally resulting in a tool for your future career planning purposes.
• Having received tuition in presenting and engaging with “your audience”, present a Project Proposal in person with your team-mates, which seeks to meet organisational CSR objectives and community impact outcomes.
• A consideration of ethical issues associated with community engagement and “social washing”.

Learning Outcomes

  • Campus-based group project work
  • Exposure to a business with real commitment to positive societal impact
  • An opportunity to develop workplace skills, such as communication and planning
  • Supporting you in identifying early career development objectives
  • Cross-disciplinary teaching from corporate social responsibility to community engagement, essential te reo business Māori to stakeholder engagement
    • University Graduate Attributes

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

      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.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


Any 60 points at any level from any subject.

Course Coordinator

Antonio Viselli

This course includes contributions from guest speakers from national and local businesses, community advocates, project management, social enterprise and stakeholder engagement.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Project Plan (team) 15%
Project Proposal and Presentation (team) 35%
Career Development Portfolio 40%
Attendance and Participation 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Suggested background reading:
• Bathhurst J. Ralph The Good, The Bad and the Downright Ugly Side of New Zealand Business, 2019.
• Kopnina, Helen, and John Blewitt. Sustainable business: Key issues. Routledge, 2015.
• Hart, Stuart L. Capitalism at the crossroads: Next generation business strategies for a post-crisis world. FT Press, 2010.


For more information about this course please contact

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 50

For further information see Faculty of Arts .

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