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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Building Sustainable Organisations
Module Code MT5804
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gavin Brown
Semester 2: Gavin Brown
Autumn: Gavin Brown
Module TeachersGavin Brown
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of Building Sustainable Organisations is to provide students with an introduction to the principles of building sustainable, responsible and resilient organisations. To achieve this, the module explores several core concepts, including the UN SDGs, Sustainability and climate Risks, Corporate Social Responsibility, Greenwashing, Circular Economy, Crisis Management and Business Continuity Management.

Learning Outcomes

1. Comprehend the principles behind building sustainable organisations. This includes an in-depth knowledge of the UN SDGs, the relationship between sustainability and climate risks, and the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility in modern business practices.
2. Critically assess and evaluate the authenticity of organisational sustainability practices, recognising potential instances of greenwashing.
3. Discuss the importance of crisis management and business continuity in building resilient and sustainable practices in an organisation.
4. Appreciate the role that business ethics has from the perspective of the individual, and the leader, within an organisation

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Directed learning4Pre-Class Activities
Independent Study36No Description
Assignment Completion45No Description
Online activity164-week online course: ‘Business Ethics: An Introduction to Ethics for Business Leaders’
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationConsidering international current practice, present an approach to building a resilient and sustainable organisation (emphasis on crisis management and business continuity).30%n/a
Digital ProjectDesign a visualization (graphic) that contrasts genuine sustainable practices and potential greenwashing examples (explain in 100 words)10%n/a
ProjectPrepare a case study analysing the application of the UN SDGs in an organisational setting of the student's choice. Students engage with academic theory and literature to frame their analysis.50%Sem 2 End
Completion of online activityPass/Fail - ethics micro-credential10%Week 8
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Archie B. Carroll, Jill Brown: 2022, Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability & Stakeholder Management, 11, Cengage,
  • Tracy Dathe , René Dathe , Isabel Dathe , Marc Helmold: 2022, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Sustainability and Environmental Social Governance (ESG),
  • Raz Godelnik: 2021, Rethinking Corporate Sustainability in the Era of Climate Crisis,
  • Peter A. Stanwick and Sarah D. Stanwick: 2020, Corporate Sustainability Leadership,
  • Dominic Elliott, Ethne Swartz, and Brahim Herbane.: 2010, Business continuity management : a crisis management approach,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MIABMSc International Accounting & Business
MSBMMSc in Management (Business)
MSSMMSc in Management (Strategy)

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