Business in Society

Trinity College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business in Society

  • Host University

    Trinity College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The business corporation of the twenty-first century is affected by socio-political trends and by stakeholders who expect their interests to be considered in the decision making of companies from which they buy goods and services, to which they contribute their labour and ideas, and extend the hospitality of their communities. Increasingly, questions are being asked of businesses which relate to their membership of societies and their relevance to the longer viability and quality of human existence in those societies. In this context, the task environment of business has become increasingly complex as organisational legitimacy becomes a key competitive asset and as business leaders are faced with managing relations with multiple stakeholders with varied value bases. The aim of this course is to develop in students an understanding of the nature of these dynamics in society ? business relationship and to equip them with some of the analytic frameworks required to successfully negotiate this environment. The subject is approach via historical, present and future sensing perspectives and at systemic/societal, organisational and individual levels.

    Specific themes addressed within this module include:

    • The sociological imagination
    • Ethics as a mode of human understanding
    • The historical agency of business in society
    • The social environment of business
    • The three-sector political economy
    • Changing paradigms of the business corporation
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • The impacts of globalisation on the business/society relationship
    • The individual as employee and consumer in the post-modern society
    • Civil society and business relations
    • Landmark cases in international business / society relations

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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