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2021/2022  KAN-CCMVV2406U  Corporate Political Responsibility in Theory and Practice

English Title
Corporate 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 First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
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
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Organisation
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 15-02-2021

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Learning objectives
Students should demonstrate understanding of:

What Corporate Political Responsibility means; how its meaning has changed.
How Corporate Political Responsibility is used in claims and debates about corporate responsibility.
What distinguishes political responsibilities from other corporate social responsibilities?
The arguments for and against corporations undertaking political responsibilities?
The issues that 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. taxation, provision of critical infrastructure, human rights
iv) in selected policy processes (e.g. elections, lobbying, administration.

The institutions that enable Corporate Political Responsibility to be organized, and to what effect?
Course prerequisites
Corporate 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 2 weeks to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
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 examining and applying the concept of Corporate Political Responsibility.  Students will get some structured choice over the specific organizational focus of the assignment.   

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The Course will address questions as to what responsibilities Corporate Political Responsibility brings, why, how and with what implications and consequences? 


The Course will critically review different conceptions of Corporate Political Responsibility in the theoretical literatures, particularly to consider the ways in which these relate to / differ from broader corporate social responsibility theory, and to consider the normative aspects of corporate claims to be taking political responsibility.  One particular conception of Corporate Political Responsibility (e.g. Corporate Citizenship, Political CSR) may be examined in-depth.    


The Course will examine particular issue areas in which questions of Corporate Political Responsibility do, or potentially, apply: e.g. lobbying, taxation, provision of critical infrastructure, governance responsibility in developing and non-democratic countries.  It will examine institutions in which Corporate Political Responsibility gets organized: e.g. partnerships, multi-stakeholder initiatives.

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 according to student requests.

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
Expected literature

To be provided in advance of the course.

Last updated on 15-02-2021