Social Responsibility of an Enterprise

Module 9

Corporate Social Responsibility

Prof. Dr. Mehrdad Payandeh, JProf. Dr. Nicole Gottschalck

The course will introduce students to the topic of corporate social responsibility. The first part of the course focuses on the implications of ethics for business activities in a global economy. It spotlights conflicts between profit and moral at the hands of a number of real-life case studies. The second part of the course focuses on the implications of international human rights law for business, and of corporate activity for international human rights law. The course will analyze different international regulatory strategies dealing with business and human rights (including the UN Norms, the Global Compact, the UN Guiding Principles as well as the current discussion regarding an international treaty on business and human rights). It will then turn to regulation on the regional level, examining developments in the European Union, as well as through domestic legislation, taking the German Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains as an example. Students will be expected to read a number of fundamental texts as well as case studies in preparation.


White-Collar Crime & Anti-Corruption

Prof. Dr. Thomas Rönnau

The fight against white-collar crime is of great importance at both the national and international level. The ever-increasing globalization with its enormous transnational financial flows allows criminals to become more active across borders. Immense economic damage is often the result. Major scandals linked to buzzwords such as "Enron, "Siemens" or the financial crisis of 2007/2008 shake the world population at irregular intervals and urge politicians to take effective countermeasures. Against this background, the aim of the course is to take a closer look at key areas of white-collar crime and to critically examine the relevant legislation.


Studium Generale

Prof. Christopher Bisping

The Studium Generale aims to broaden students’ perspectives by going beyond the two core disciplines of the MLB program. It consists of classes, spread throughout the academic year, that take a variety of forms including country presentations given by the MLB students about their home countries, lectures, discussions and debates as well as excursions. As a part of the Studium Generale students are required to take part in a 30-hour Social Project. The addition of this project to the Program curriculum reflects our belief that future leaders must have not only an excellent academic background; they must also be ready to shoulder responsibility in the societies in which they live, especially with regard to those people less fortunate than themselves.