National Taiwan Normal University Course Outline
Fall , 2022

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I.Course information
Serial No. 1403 Course Level Master
Course Code IWM0080 Chinese Course Name 企業治理與社會責任研究
Course Name Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
Department Graduate Institute of International Human Resource Development
Two/one semester 1 Req. / Sel. Sel.
Credits 3.0 Lecturing hours Lecture hours: 3
Prerequisite Course ◎1. This course is not available for undergraduate students. 2. If the listed course is a doctoral level course, it is only available for PhD students.
Course Description
Time / Location Mon. A-C Main 11-04
Curriculum Goals Corresponding to the Departmental Core Goal
1. Understand concepts of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility Master:
 1-2 Knowledge of Human Resource Theories and Practical Applications
 1-3 Knowledge of Organizational Diagnostics, and Employee Counseling
2. Describe the difference between corporate governance and management. Master:
 1-2 Knowledge of Human Resource Theories and Practical Applications
3. Understand the legal and ethical responsibilities of shareholders, directors, and management of a corporation. Master:
 1-2 Knowledge of Human Resource Theories and Practical Applications
 4-1 Job Integrity and Law-Abiding Spirit
 4-2 Work Ethics
4. Experience in analyzing and critically discussing legal and business cases and ethical dilemmas. Master:
 1-2 Knowledge of Human Resource Theories and Practical Applications
 4-1 Job Integrity and Law-Abiding Spirit
 4-2 Work Ethics
5. Integrate concepts of good corporate governance and social responsibility in HR policies and processes. Master:
 1-2 Knowledge of Human Resource Theories and Practical Applications
 1-3 Knowledge of Organizational Diagnostics, and Employee Counseling
 2-1 Professional Skills of Recruitment, Selection, Training, Staffing, Retention, and Organizational Development

II. General Syllabus
Instructor(s) Ariana CHANG/ 張詠晴













Intro to course syllabus & overview





The roots of CSR

Historical evolution of CSR

“Being sustainable” assignment done in class



CSR, corporate governance, responsible leadership

ESG oversight

ESG as a business imperative, responsible leadership



Grand challenges: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The link between HRM & sustainable development

SDGs workshop



The green brand

Unpackaged U. Case

“Being sustainable”

Sustainability claims & What makes a brand credible?



No class





Ethics, HR management & employment practices


Case-The Burger


Problem sets.




Midterm checkup/discussion





Stakeholder management

Monitoring, maintaining positive stakeholder relationships

Perspective taking, role play, stakeholder analysis.



Certifications & Standards


Certifications (FSC, B corps, Fair trade…etc.)



The social enterprise landscape & community placemaking

Purposeful organizations & community-based participation

Cases in Taiwan and abroad



CSR & HR management in a cultural context

Going “glocal”

How culture affects CSR and HR practices



CSR reporting

Assigned CSR reports

Sustainability reporting frameworks



CSR, social innovation & value creation

Creation of value

Cases of innovative companies



Social responsibilities of industries

CSR or PR?

Fashion, stigmatized industries



Book seminar





No class





No class



Instructional Approach
Methods Notes
Formal lecture  
Group discussion  
Problem-based learning  
Cooperative learning  
Media, audio, visual materials  
Case studies  
Grading assessment
Methods Percentage Notes
Assignments 15 % “Being sustainable” (written)-5% Please reflect on practices in which you are sustainable or not sustainable in your daily life (discuss how your actions shape and are shaped by external factors). Term report (written)-10% Please thoroughly review, analyze and make an assessment on 2 to 3 potential issues that may occur during business interactions with various stakeholder groups. Information on the organization’s type, mission, vision, historical performance, location, nature of operation, size, code of conduct, and any other information that will help examine the issue should be provided. The report should include potential conflicts and how such conflicts could be addressed by CSR initiatives (provide examples).
Class discussion involvement 40 % Class participation & related activities (including active in discussions/activities, workshops, story co-creation, lead reading discussion)
Attendances 10 % Attendance is compulsory for all students. All students are expected to participate in discussions and complete all assignments. Each unexcused absence will receive a deduction of 5% percent of the total grade. Students who miss up to 4 classes will result in receiving a failing grade. The student is responsible for completing a make-up assignment for a missed class. Note: Presentations cannot be replaced by any assignment. Depending on the number of enrolled students, this course syllabus is subject to change. *Extenuating circumstances will be considered only on a case-by-case basis. Latecomers- For those who arrive late to class, please enter the classroom discreetly so that the on-going session won’t be disturbed.
Presentation 15 % In groups (depending on class size), student will make a 10 mins presentation by examining a key social issue (e.g. child labor, climate change, food insecurity, product safety, boycotts, employee working conditions, poverty..etc. ) and how CSR activities attempted (e.g. ethical consumption, fair-trade, community involvement) to address such issue. The students will evaluate the significance of the social issue for the business as well as the initiative’s benefits, limitations, costs, future potential and how such an initiative could be improved.
Case study reports 20 % Students will be in assigned groups to share a book they have read and thoroughly analyzed. Moreover, they will need to lead a meaningful discussion on key issues raised by these books. Non-presenting students will need to provide a 1 page reflective journaling (on two other books presented by others) highlighting core concepts and how they link to socially responsible businesses. Please compact the information and present in a clear and concise manner. Note: Book list will be provided.
Required and Recommended Texts/Readings with References

There is no required textbook for this course. However, there will be assigned readings or videos for each week (may include books, technical reports, online videos or journal papers).


Indicative reading

Schmidpeter, R., Capaldi, N., Idowu, S. O., & Herrera, A. S. (2019). International dimensions of Sustainable Management. Latest Perspectives from Corporate Governance. Responsible Finance and CSR. Switzerland: Springer.

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