POL6503 - Sustainability and Business

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

The course aims at offering knowledge in the regulatory framework as well as technological and social factors in relation to the environmental sustainability of business operations. Students will also be trained of the practical skills in adopting sustainability as core element in designing the management system and strategies of the business corporation and to enhance competitive advantage of the corporation.

Three broad areas will be covered in the course: 1) environmentally responsible firms and greening governance and production; 2) motivating factors for individual firms in green governance and production; and 3) shifting regulatory frameworks and the influence of the public and non-governmental sector in shaping the business environmental.

The course will adopt a problem-based learning (PBL) approach and students will be asked to undertake a sector environmental performance analysis which will be reported as a term paper. The study will be student-centred and be conducted in small groups.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Summaries about the two selected cases: 20%
Oral presentation on the summaries: 10%
Analysis report: 20%
Oral presentation about the term paper: 10%
Term paper: 40%
Detailed Course Information


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