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2020/2021  KAN-CCMVV5033U  Corporate Citizenship: Political Responsibility in Theory and Practice

English Title
Corporate Citizenship: Political Responsibility in Theory and Practice

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn, First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 40
Max. participants 80
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Jeremy Moon - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • CSR and sustainability
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Political Science
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 06-08-2020

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Learning objectives
What does Corporate Citizenship mean; how has its meaning changed.
How is Corporate Citizenship used in claims and debates about corporate responsibility.
What distinguishes political responsibilities from other corporate social responsibilities?
What are the arguments for and against corporations undertaking political responsibilities?
What issues arise for business and politics when corporations do undertake political responsibilities:
i) in democracies and non-democracies
ii) at home and abroad
iii) in selected issue areas (e.g. defence, taxation, provision of critical infrastructure
iv) in selected policy processes (e.g. elections, lobbying, administration.
Course prerequisites
Corporate Citizenship: Political Responsibility in Theory and Practice:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Essay
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The exam will be set to require students to produce an essay style assignment covering CC in the broad and inviting / giving some choice to points of specific focus.   

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course will ask what responsibilities does the concept of 'citizienship' bring to corporations? 

The first half of the Course will critically review the Corporate Citizenship (CC) and Political Responsibility theoretical literatures, particularly to consider the ways in which Corporate Citizenship relates to / differs from the corporate social responsibility theory.  It will also include reference to Politial Science literature on the corporate citizenship.


The underlying assumption is that CC brings responsibilties of corporations to the polity - not just to society.  It will critically assess the sort of arguments  -strengths and weaknesses - that can be deployed for CC.


The second half of the Course will focus on particular issue areas which questions or CC  do or potentially apply: e.g. lobbying, taxation, provision of critical infrastructure, and governance responsibility in developing and non-democratic countries. 


The Course will enable students to distinguish long-standing arguments for CC from more recent contributions, such as 'Political CSR'.

It will also enable students to consider questions about the application of CC in national and international contexts, and in democratic and non-democratic contexts.





Description of the teaching methods
Interactive Lectures based on prior reading
Group exercises in class
Debates in class
Guest speakers particularly around practice issue areas
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given to students after class exercises and, individually, in office hours.

Following Mid-term evaluation, particular needs for feedback can be identified and responded to.

Student workload
11 X 3 hour lectures 33 hours
Exam preparation + assignment 33 hours
Reading and preparation during course 140 hours
Further Information

Guest lectures will be delivered by other members of the cbs CSR (e.g. PhD Fellows Erin Leitheiser and Luisa Murphy) and by CSR practitioners.


This course is part of the minor in Sustainable Business 



Expected literature

A Crane, D Matten and J Moon (2008) Corporations and Citizenship Cambridge University Press (this provides framework)


Other readings will be provided on CANVAS



Last updated on 06-08-2020