UCL Summer School


Corporate Social Responsibility

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Dr Barnali Choudhury
GPA of around 3.3/4.0 (US) or equivalent
Assessment method
Presentation (25%), Essay (75%)
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Module overview

This module offers perspectives on corporate social responsibility both as a governing mechanism for businesses as well as a form of business practice.

Students will examine the theoretical paradigms surrounding the corporate objective, international movements in corporate social responsibility led by organisations such as the OECD and the UN, and delves into the role of corporations’ vis-à-vis social rights at both domestic and international levels. The module devotes a significant proportion of time to the role of corporations in human rights and furthering social welfare and will discuss key critical perspectives on other social rights, including labour and the environment, where relevant. This module challenges students into viewing the role and responsibility of the corporation from perspectives beyond the traditional idea of profit making.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Describe contemporary social issues implicated by corporate activity
  • Critically discuss the theories underlying corporate governance and international human rights law
  • Describe the regulatory challenges raised by corporations with respect to the protection of human and other social rights
  • Critically assess existing international and domestic mechanisms regulating corporate issues implicating social rights
  • Identify shortcomings in current regulatory efforts to regulate corporations and devise suggestions for improving these shortcomings

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • 10-minute presentation (25%)
  • 2,500 word essay (75%)

Module leader

Barnali Choudhury is a Senior Lecturer at University College London, Faculty of Laws. Her research specializes on issues at the intersection of economics and human rights. She has published extensively including two books with Cambridge University Press and over 20 articles and book chapters. Prior to joining academia she practiced as a corporate and international investment lawyer.

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