Course Code: MSW063


Course Title: Corporate Social Responsibility


Total Credit: 2                                                                                                                        Total hrs: 45

Course Type: Open Elective


Course Description: This course will familiarize the students with the concept of corporate social responsibility. The evolution of CSR has far reaching consequences on the development sector in India. The collaboration of companies and NGOs with the community has initiated a new paradigm of change in the country. The students will have an overview of the theories and the frameworks developed in the area of CSR. The paper will discuss a few prominent case studies of CSR.


Course Objectives:

  • To understand the concept of CSR and the theoretical underpinnings.
  • To understand the stakeholder approaches.
  • Provide an experiential, integrative, substantive, and high quality experience surrounding issues of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • To provide participating students with a truly unique curriculum experience with field experience

Course Learning Outcome: The student will understand the different dimensions of the concept of CSR. They will understand the theoretical framework of CSR and the legal guidelines developed to undertake CSR.





Unit 1

Corporate Social Responsibility

Defining CSR. Aim and Objectives, Components of CSR, Key  drivers,  History  and  Evolution  of  CSR  in  the  Indian  and international  context,  CSR  policies  and  Governance,  Laws  and Regulations. Competencies of CSR Professionals.


Unit 2

Stakeholders’  Engagement

Stakeholder engagement, Interaction in a Multi-Stakeholder Context: CSR role on internal environment:: Employees, Human Resource Management - labour security and human rights, Health and Safety.

CSR role on External environment: 1) Customers: Consumer rights and movements affecting CSR; (2) Community: Community involvement, (3) Shareholders (4)  Suppliers.


Unit 3

CSR towards Environment and Biodiversity

Environment: Need for Environmental assessments. Governments’ response to CSR

Role of Biodiversity, Climate change and Environment in business. Environmental compliance,


Unit 4

Sustainability models,

Benefits of CSR to Business. Factors hindering CSR activities in companies


Unit 5

 Theories of CSR

Theories of CSR: A.B Carroll, Wood, and stakeholders Theories.  The triple bottom line approach.  Stakeholder engagement, Standards and Codes – SA 8000, the Global Compact, GRI, etc as well as international standards including ISO 26000.




Essential Reading


Agarwal, S. (2008). Corporate social responsibility in India. Los Angeles: Response            Publications

Visser, W.  (2007). The A to Z of corporate social responsibility. A complete reference guide to          concepts, codes and organisations. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Werther, W., & Chandler, D. (2006). Strategic corporate social responsibility: Stakeholders in a      global environment. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.


Recommended Reading


Baxi, C. (2005). Corporate social responsibility: Concepts and cases : The Indian experience. New Delhi, India: Excel Books.

Crane, A. (2008). Corporate social responsibility: Readings and cases in a global context.                  London: Routledge.

Visser, W. (2011).  The age of responsibility CSR 2.0 and the new DNA of business. Chichester,      West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons.


Open Electives