In 2011-12 Aston Business School launched the MSc in Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Members of the SRS Network helped shape the content of the MSc and responsible for delivering much of the content. As part of ABS’ commit to PRME and its strategy to develop SR & S literate graduates, a review of the curriculum was undertaken in 2008 with recommendations have now been implemented. The Social Responsibility & Sustainability curriculum review has now been extended across all Schools in the University as part of the University’s 2020 strategy.
MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Business Ethics and Sustainability (including related issues) are of concern for businesses locally, nationally and internationally. Their importance to the global economy has increased significantly in recent years and is likely to increase further in the future. As managers/leaders of the future, all graduates will be required to be socially responsible and sustainability literate. Complex decisions will need to be taken that take into account economic, social and environmental factors.
At Aston Business School, we believe that our own organisational practices should exemplify the values and attitudes we convey to our students. We fully endorse and are actively engaged with the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education.
In addition, Aston University is now ranked 5th in the UK in The People and Planet Awards 2010 (from a position of 93rd in 2007). See map of local ethical & sustainable suppliers devised by students on the course as part of Aston's Go Green Week.
This programme combines both academic and practical perspectives and is suitable for those people interested in working in roles related to CSR and Sustainability in commercial business, the public sector, social enterprises or the not-for-profit and charitable sectors.
It provides the opportunity to study a specialist MSc for those currently working in this area as well as those who aspire to do so.