The Responsible Business specialization offers students the chance to focus their study around emerging social, ethical and environmental concerns that are at the forefront of business, and to prepare themselves for the management challenges that lie ahead. Courses in this specialization enable students to focus on responsible business issues as they relate to different core business functions (e.g. Strategy, Accounting, Marketing, etc.) and to different sectors (business, nonprofit and public).
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The Responsible Business specialization is compatible with specialist careers in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainable business, as well as adding a responsible business dimension to more traditional careers in mainstream business areas (particularly when combined with a second specialization). The goal of the specialization is to enable students to position themselves to prospective recruiters as future leaders ready to meet some of the most urgent and complex challenges of business in the twenty first century.
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To specialize in Responsible Business, enrol in 12.00 credits as outlined below:
- SB/MGMT 4300 3.00
- a minimum of 3.00 credits (to a maximum of 9.00 credits) from the “Recommended Elective Courses” list
- a maximum of 6.00 credits from the “Additional Elective Courses” list
- a maximum of one course can be taken from the “Approved Non-Schulich Elective Courses” List unless approved by the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business
Please note: Only 3.00 credits of a 6.00 credits course can be used to satisfy the specialization.
- MGMT 4300 3.00 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT
- BSUS 4400 3.00 SUSTAINABILITY ACCOUNTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY
- ENTR 4800 3.00 SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
- MGMT 3030 3.00 CREATING GLOBAL CAPITALISM
- MGMT 3100 3.00 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND THE LAW
- MGMT 3200 3.00 MANAGEMENT ISSUES IN NONPROFIT SECTOR
- ORGS 4560 3.00 CONFLICT & NEGOTIATION
- PUBL 4000 3.00 GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS
- IBUS 4500 3.00 MANAGING BUSINESS IN DEVELOPING ECONOMIES
- MKTG 4400 3.00 INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
- OMIS 4560 3.00 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
- ORGS 4350 3.00 MANAGING CHANGE
- ORGS 4400 3.00 MANAGING ACROSS CULTURES
Approved Non-Schulich Electives
Please note: only 3.00 credits of a 6.00 credits course can be used to satisfy the specialization.
Additional exclusions may apply. See your program handbook for details.
- ES/ENVS 3130 3.00 Energy and the Environment in Canada
- ES/ENVS 3400 3.00 Introduction to Climate Change Science and Policy
- ES/ENVS 3420 3.00 Environmental Law
- ES/ENVS 3440 3.00 Resource Management
- ES/ENVS 3510 3.00 Environmental Economics
- ES/ENVS 3810A 3.00/6.00 International Field Experience: Ecology & Sustainability in Costa Rica (iBBAs only)
- ES/ENVS 4161 3.00 Social Movements, Activism and Social Change
- ES/ENVS 4400 3.00 Fundamentals of Renewable Energy:Theory, Policy and Practice (only open to 4th year students)
- ES/ENVS 4401 3.00 Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency: Theory, Policy & Practice in a Canadian Context (only open to 4th year students)
- ES/ENVS 4430 3.00 Impact Assessment Process & Practice
- ES/ENVS 4442 3.00 Environmental Auditing
- ES/ENVS 4510 3.00 Ecological Economics
- AP/SOSC 3041 6.00 The Social Economy & Alternative Development
- AP/SOSC 3981 3.00 Diversity Issues in the Workplace
- AP/SOSC 4040 6.00 Issues in Business and Society
- AP/SOSC 4043 6.00 Corporate Governance and Business Law in Comparative Context
- AP/SOSC 4045 6.00 Business, Communications and Society
- AP/SOSC 4046 6.00 Social Economy Practicum
- AP/SOSC 4047 6.00 The Business of Neoliberal Globalization
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Ranked #1 in the world by Corporate Knights, Schulich’s faculty members are amongst the world’s leading researchers in the field of Responsible Business.
Faculty members from the Schulich School, York’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies have gained recognition internationally for teaching and research in their respective fields.
Selected faculty members
Professor of Strategy; Associate Dean, Research; Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility; Director of Centre of Excellence in Responsible BusinessView profile
Professor of Strategic Management/Public PolicyView profile
Charles H. Cho
Professor of Accounting; Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business & SustainabilityView profile
Associate Professor in Organization Studies and Business Sustainability; Director, BBA/iBBA ProgramsView profile
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Corporate Social Responsibility Society
Each year in January, the Corporate Social Responsibility Society (CSRS) provides students from across Canada the opportunity to listen to, learn alongside, and create lasting relationships with various industry leaders who not only value, but implement CSR in their everyday business activities.