UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN0157: Organisations and Social Innovation

Taught by
7 (Masters)
MSc Management Route A, SoM MRes, and SoM PGT affiliate students only
Term 3
Delivery method
3-hour block (x 10 weeks) comprising lectures (20 hours) and seminars (10 hours)
40% essay, 40% group project, 20% oral presentation
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Course overview

This module examines how different types of organisations (e.g., multinationals, NGOs, non-profits, and social enterprises) may facilitate social change, including how they drive social innovation and manage their human rights impact. Moreover, the module discusses the key schools of business ethics, which serve as a foundation for both corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business and human rights.

This module is case-based, with students analyzing recent organisational cases from across the world. The lectures and readings provide the theoretical framework for understanding the challenges and opportunities for organizations to enable and drive social innovation and change. 

Learning outcomes

The aims of this module are to:

  • Explore the meaning of human rights standards and understand their importance in business

  • Analyse the ways in which multinational companies manage human rights liability

  • Manage human rights strategies in a global context

  • Understand how companies respond effectively to criticism of human rights-related issues

  • Explore emerging challenges in business and human rights

Topics covered

  • Explanations of human rights and their relation to business

  • Antecedents and evolution of business and human rights in the global context

  • Implementation of human rights strategies in a global context, including within CSR programs

  • Issues encountered by multinational companies in managing human rights impacts

  • How companies handle legal liability for human rights-related issues.

  • Future potential of business and human rights in a global context

  • Criticism of various approaches to business and human rights

Assessment summary

100% coursework components, comprising:

  • 40% is based on an individual essay
  • 40% is based on group project
  • 20% is based on oral presentation

Current students should refer to Moodle for specific details of the current year’s assessment.

Essential reading

Clapham, A (2007). Human Rights: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford UP.

Griseri P. & N. Seppala (2010). Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Andover, Hampshire: Cengage.

Past versions of this module

MSIN0157 18/19

MSING032 16/17

Last updated Friday, 12 July 2019