“People are paying more attention to socially responsible companies, and by focusing our education on this growing trend, we are ahead of the majority.” –Carleigh Maloney, Marketing, Leeds ‘15

David Payne

The Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR) designs cutting-edge course work in sustainability, business ethics and social entrepreneurship with the mission to develop socially conscious, values-driven business leaders capable of critical ethical inquiry.

Learn more about CESR's required and elective courses below.

(Don't miss the short course videos below, with insights into each course and perspectives from faculty and students!)


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Undergraduate

Provides an overview of the nature of business in a global economy. In addition to exploring the economic, governmental, social and environmental context in which businesses operate, students will discover how business creates value and takes advantage of opportunities and challenges. Using examples, cases and projects, students will learn about the business functions in an integrated format. Weekly discussion of current events will focus on entrepreneurship, ethics, international business, business and society, and other topics.


 

Undergraduate

This First-Year Global Experience partners with CESR and counts for two credits as a business elective. The focus is “Leadership Challenges: Ethics, Efficiency, Expansion and Social Responsibility in Germany,” with studies centered in Berlin and Dresden.

Experience the efficiency of German engineering with business visits to BMW and Volkswagen. See Germany’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainability through visits to Deutsche Bahn, the Schultheiss-Kindle Berlin Brewery and the Alba recycling plant. Learn valuable ethics lessons through cultural visits to sites explaining the holocaust, the Berlin Wall and Hitler’s unethical power. See how companies can succeed in a global economy by expanding their scope and strategy. Take part in German culture by visiting an urban garden and attending a soccer game or a street art tour. 

Read more about this class on CESR's blog.

 

Undergraduate

This special Leeds First-Year Global Experience, in partnership with CESR, enrolls approximately 20 first-year students and counts for two credits as a business elective with a hands-on service project integrated into the trip.

The First-Year Global Experience trip explores the ongoing transition of Vietnam from a planned central economy to a socialist-oriented market economy under the Đổi Mới Policy. The trip introduces students to a wide range of Vietnamese commerce, from international corporations to agrarian, village-oriented trade. The emerging economy and rich culture of Vietnam is explored through business and cultural site visits touching on key industries including tourism, agriculture (including rice and coffee), and manufacturing. 


 

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Undergraduate

Students will consider the interconnectedness of law, ethics, values, public policy and regulation, and will survey major topics within the business environment through lectures, class discussion and case studies. Students will consider alternative views of the role of business in our global society and to reflect on how personal values shape business conduct. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of individual and organizational responsibility for business. The course allows students to consider the relationship between law and ethics in the broader social context, which is necessary to successfully navigate an increasingly complex, global business environment.

 

 

Undergraduate

A new 12 credit course split into four different 3-credit courses. BASE 2101 reviews a startup company; BASE 2102 reviews a growth company; BASE 2103 reviews a mature company; and BASE 2104 requires a case analysis and presentation.

The purpose of BASE and its four modules is to provide a comprehensive and integrated look at how firms operate at various stages of their life cycle.  Three distinct stages are examined: start-up, growth, and mature.  Although all businesses are unique and face a set of complex issues at each stage, fundamental business principles and skills can be applied to help every organization overcome its unique problems and become successful.  BASE gives students the opportunity to study and learn how multiple academic disciplines work together to help businesses succeed. 

 

Undergraduate

Explore alternative views of the role of business in the global society through detailed case analysis, beginning with the free market view. Students are encouraged to isolate and articulate their personal values that will shape future business conduct. 

 

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Undergraduate

Focuses on values and leadership at all levels of an organization. Group presentations and papers are organized around visits by executives who will share stories about critical business dilemmas they have faced throughout their careers. 

 

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Undergraduate

Develop sustainable business strategies to meet the real-world needs of small business entrepreneurs in developing countries.

 

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Undergraduate

In partnership with the CU Office of International Education - Study Abroad Programs, CESR sends students to Panama for a three-week version of its popular course, Business Solutions for the Developing World. The seminar is designed to provide students with practical knowledge and experience in developing innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges facing people in the developing world. Over the course of three weeks, students gain a unique perspective on rural Panama as they live with families and work with members of the community. 

 

Undergraduate

Examines business strategies in response to environmental and social challenges. Grounded in eco-efficiency, life-cycle thinking and a dose of investigative skepticism, the course assists students to thoroughly understand the scope of costs, benefits and risks associated with driving toward sustainable operations. 

 

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Undergraduate

Explores the complexity of corporate boards and the need for values-driven leadership. Students will consider several corporate governance topics including: financial strategy, international challenges, ethics, corporate social responsibility, board composition, compensation, and crisis management.

 

Undergraduate

In a time when technology allows unprecedented aggregation of personal information, use is moving faster than social norms and laws can follow. In this class, students will dissect the technologies and social trends related primarily to privacy and the use of information about individuals to reap profits.

 

Continuing Education 

As a critical stakeholder group, consumers have substantial power to shape business behavior and, therefore, shape our world. This course is about helping students to appreciate the context in which modern business operates to understand the critical role that consumers play in the free market. This course will help students develop an understanding of the different roles business can play in our world, and the options and limitations that consumers have to influence just how business behaves by exerting their purchasing power.

This course is only offered through Continuing Ed and is considered an elective outside the business school. 

 

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Undergraduate

Explores current practices in the growing global trend of companies to measure, disclose, and report for socially responsible initiatives. Integrated reporting combines financial, environmental, social and governance information into a single report. This course counts towards the course hour requirement for the CPA exam. 


 

MBA

Prepares future managers for confronting the truly difficult situations that arise when deploying economic resources, altering the physical environment, and making decisions that affect the lives of investors, employees, community members, and other stakeholders.

 

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MBA

Provides a comprehensive overview of the core concepts, strategies and practices of sustainable business. The class is oriented around a list of “top 50” concepts in sustainable business, with an explicit goal of addressing each topic, to varying degrees, over the course of the semester.

 

MBA

Approaches to solving global social and environmental problems that have not been effectively addressed by government, business or traditional NGOs and non-profit organizations.