Course Title: Business in Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business in Society

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: TBC

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Business has an urgent need to reconsider the way it interacts with and contributes to society. In this course you will identify and evaluate major contemporary global challenges and trends impacting society and explore business opportunities for driving sustainable innovation. A major focus will be a critical appreciation of stakeholder theory and how this theory frames integrative thinking across a range of business disciplines, including strategic management, finance, accounting, human resource management, marketing, law, economics and public policy. You will also cover two important areas that stakeholder theory has helped to shape and define: business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

In addition, the course invites you to reflect on your strengths, talents and what success means to you. You will conduct an environmental scan of professional worlds and engage with various reflection and feedback methods to situate yourself within these worlds. As a result, you will begin to develop of sense of your professional sense that can contribute to positive changes in the world. This will be structured in the context of a reflective portfolio that communicates your vision and emerging professional self to various audiences. As a future business professional, this will equip you to deal with the unexpected, shape your own life and contribute to the well-being of others.

This course incorporates the development of graduate skills for future-ready business professionals, including social and cultural awareness, integrating multiple perspectives and ways of knowing, awareness of self, personal and professional effectiveness and learning how to learn.

This course will also introduce and begin to embed practices relating to Business Graduate Folio, an e-portfolio that is integrated throughout the Bachelor of Business curriculum and a requirement for the capstone close of the program. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CLO1: Analyse and question major global or national social, political, environmental or environmental issues facing the world today in the context of business citizenship.

CLO2: Understand how businesses can develop solutions to respond to increasing demand for sustainability, transparency and good governance

CLO3: Articulate perspectives on the future of work and workforce trends, and their implications for various industries

CLO4: Self-reflect and begin to identify a global mindset towards becoming a responsible global citizen, including values such as responsible leadership, integrity and ethical behaviour

CLO5: Self-reflect to identify personal strengths so as to begin to develop a personal and professional brand and identity

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various learning activities. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 4

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5