Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

This online course introduces you to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its place in the world today.

About

You will learn about the history, the different definitions and approaches, and the application of CSR within organisations. The learning materials and tools available in the course allow you to acquire an introductory knowledge of CSR that will help you address social responsibility and sustainability concerns more effectively.

This course is a product of an international institutional collaboration between Milpark Education and Globethics.net. It aims to address the needs of professionals in private companies, NGOs, International Organisations and Governments who are currently involved in (or aim to engage in) Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development (CSR-SD). Although the course is primarily aimed at business, it is also applicable to non-profits, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The course shows how the UN Global Compact (UNGC) fits into the CSR approach as well as how UN agencies such as the ILO and UNIDO have played a role in advancing CSR-SD.

PROGRAMME OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Clarify terminology and provide a congruent definition of CSR and its application to corporate sustainability;
  2. Demonstrate competence in analysing resources and critically evaluate the different models for CSR and their relevance in the business context;
  3. Demonstrate the capability to contextualise knowledge on CSR and the sustainability nexus in different business and societal contexts; and
  4. Apply the conceptual learning content in practice through case-study analysis and the development of adequate avenues for solutions arising from CSR and related challenges.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The following topics constitute the core content of this course:

  • Introduction and CSR definitions
  • Why CSR; and where is CSR today?
  • CSR in the context of the UN and International agencies
  • CSR regulation
  • ISO2600 and GRI integrated reporting
  • Communicating your CSR and sustainability initiatives
  • Case-studies and practical applications.

 

For further information, please contact [email protected]

 

Requirements

Applicants are required to be proficient in English prior to admission to the course. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide proof of proficiency.

ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY

Milpark provides students with materials, resources, formative assessments (including online tests and quizzes), discussion opportunities and a number of administrative services as part of the myMilpark and myCourses online tuition and support environments. Course materials direct students to additional external resources in the form of links to downloadable documents, websites and videos.
Having access to the above online facilities is essential for efficient communication, learning and success. You will need continuous (daily) access to study, using the resources mentioned above, and to submit and receive your assignments.

Minimum system requirements

  1. Reliable internet connection with continuous access
  2. Chrome web browser/Firefox
  3. Microsoft Word
  4. The means to open and read PDF documents
  5. The means to convert electronic files to PDF documents.
  6. The means to scan and upload documents.
  7. Email/cellphone for notification and communication.
Key Information

DELIVERY AND PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

The course will be delivered in weekly topical modules, much along the sequence outlined above; with the last week dedicated to the summative assessment. A flipped classroom approach is adopted, wherein delegates are required to study selected/structured content ahead of facilitated workshops (or live sessions). The workshops are underpinned by experiential learning principles. Between the workshops, delegates will be supported via an online tutor and peer interactions, which challenge them to reflect on thought-provoking dilemmas.

ASSESSMENT

Participants will be assessed through a portfolio of continuous assessment activities. This will include a progressive integration of formative and summative assessment tasks.

DURATION

This course will run over a period of ten weeks.

CERTIFICATION

At the end of the course, candidates will be certified according to the following requirements:

Certificate of competence: A final mark of 50%, with a sub-minimum of 40% in the summative assessment.

In addition, successful candidates receive a statement of results and may qualify for exemptions in line with the prevailing requirements.

FURTHER STUDIES

Students who have successfully completed this short course certificate may articulate onto other short courses. Students may at any time apply for admission to any of Milpark’s further or higher education qualifications, where they may be admitted subject to the admission requirements of each qualification.

PRICING

Course fee for international students: US$750.00
Course fee for South African students: ZAR12 000.00
This includes tuition, study material and access to the online support (including library services) for the duration of the course and one cycle of assessments.

How to apply

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email as well as login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark, our online student environment.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.
Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.

Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.

Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.


Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment - proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Registration:

*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

All international students need to apply via the manual admission route and submit original certified documentation.

If the entry requirements for your chosen Milpark qualification is a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need to obtain an exemption certificate from Universities South Africa.   Visit http://mbit-application.usaf.ac.za/assessment/ for further information.

If the entry requirement for your chosen Milpark qualification is a prior undergraduate qualification, you need to obtain a certificate of equivalence for the foreign qualification(s) completed. Visit https://dfqeas.saqa.co.za/dfqeas/user/home for further information.

  1. Students enrolling via distance learning:
    • do not need to comply with any visa or residency requirements.
    • will conclude admission and registration processes at a distance.
    • will receive study materials via courier in their country of residence.
    • will receive support via distance methods.

    Note: Students are liable for additional costs in respect of courier and examinations.
    Please contact the student service centre 086 999 0001 for further information.

  2. Distance learning students who want to visit South Africa to attend a single short workshop or write an examination at a local venue, have to do so based on the normal visa/visiting requirements as stipulated by the Department of International Affairs (or Home Affairs).

    Note: Such a visit does not imply permission to remain in South Africa indefinitely based on registration at Milpark Education.

  3. Distance learning students are not allowed to provide a South African residential or postal address. Such registrations will not be concluded as the normal visa/study permit requirements have to be complied with as for contact/residential students below.

Contact learning

International students who do not have permanent residence in South Africa or who are not South African citizens need to follow the steps below:

Step 1

Consult their embassy/ Department of International Relations/ South African Embassy for specific prerequisites with regards to the legal requirements for registration with a South African academic institution.

Step 2

Obtain:

  • An official provisional admission letter from Milpark.
  • Proof of medical cover. The relevant South African law states:

"In terms of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations, any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998."

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs.
  • Proof of a cash deposit or bank guarantee equivalent to airfare or transportation costs to the student’s country of origin for repatriation purposes or forfeiture to the state should permit conditions not be complied with.
  • A medical certificate — a clean bill of health is required.

Step 3

Apply for a study permit by submitting Form 1 to the local Department of International Relations/South African Embassy.
The student will need to provide the embassy with an undertaking that they will leave South Africa on completion of her/his studies.

NB: Students should await the outcome of their application prior to making travel arrangements to South Africa.

Step 4

If a student is able to obtain a study permit on time, then they may continue with their application for full admission and registration for their selected modules.

NB: A certified copy of the International student’s passport together with a certified copy of a valid study permit must/will be kept in the student’s record file at Milpark Education. If a student is unable to obtain a study permit on time, then they must postpone their programme until the date on which they are in possession of a study permit.

 

International Admission Application Click Here