Course Title: Social Impact and Responsible Business

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Impact and Responsible Business

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 1 2024,
Sem 2 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Avni Misra

Course Coordinator Phone: By appointment via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne Campus Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will gain broad, critical and practical understanding of contemporary issues aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with the aim of learning to have a positive social impact and conduct responsible business practice. You will be introduced to relevant theories from management and innovation, economics, marketing, finance, accounting, and law which allows an advanced and integrated understanding of social impact and policy relevant to the business discipline. It takes specific disciplinary concepts, theories and principles, and helps you to synthesise knowledge and develop skills to respond to new and complex issues or problems, including those that relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This course will allow you to make reasoned judgements about problems and issues in contemporary business practice and design innovative options and solutions. It thereby provides the technical, intellectual, critical and practical skills needed to solve complex and unstructured contemporary business and societal issues, allowing you to analyse and evaluate socially impactful and responsible business practice from different business disciplinary lenses. You will also gain the ability to communicate complex and abstract ideas, propositions, conclusions and decisions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences in this course, such that you will be able to apply and integrate professional theory with practice in professional contexts and industry settings. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

CLO1: Critically analyse business practices utilising concepts, theories and principles of social impact from different business disciplines. 

CLO2: Interpret and synthesise different business perspectives on social impact and responsible business practice.  

CLO3: Apply different concepts, theories, and principles of social impact to generate and evaluate socially impactful and responsible business practices. 

CLO4: Implement and manage socially impactful and responsible business practice and communicate these solutions to a variety of stakeholders. 

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Peer-to-peer learning will occur through active participation in group-based activities, critical peer review exercises, and discussions; and sharing of work and resources. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Canvas. In addition to topic notes, assessment details and a study schedule, you may also be provided with links to: relevant online information, readings, audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.  


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

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

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

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.