As traditional forms of legal regulation through company law or trade law fail, the concept of corporate social responsibility has gained in relevance. With corporate social responsibility becoming highly topical over the past decade, the general public is increasingly aware of companies' responsibilities to their stakeholders. This results in pressure on companies to ensure that their products and services - whether in the food and drink, oil, chemical, technology, financial, retail or hospitality industries - are made, managed, sourced and delivered responsibly, fairly, ethically and in accordance with human rights standards.
The LLM in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Stirling offers a distinctive multi-disciplinary approach to corporate responsibility by combining perspectives from law, business, management, history and philosophy. The programme draws on the expertise of staff within the Law School and Stirling's Business and Management Schools. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the origins of the debate surrounding corporate social responsibility and will have gained an in-depth understanding of current developments in the area, as well as clarity on how businesses operate in society.
The purpose of this course is:
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A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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The taught component of the course facilitates staged intellectual progress in key areas relevant to corporate social responsibility. This stage consists of six modules which are taken over two semesters. The modules provide in-depth insights into current developments in corporate social responsibility in various areas of law, business and management. In addition, students are able to develop the relevant practical skills necessary for information retrieval and utilisation, and data collection and analysis in a dedicated legal research methods module.
The culmination of the course is the 10,000-word dissertation which can be completed as a work-based dissertation project in collaboration with external organisations.
Modules are delivered by small group learning and teaching which provides opportunity for interaction with student peers and staff, and supports the development of communication skills through discussion and presentation of key issues.
Students are encouraged and expected to undertake independent study and to read widely from a variety of sources. The necessity of independent study culminates in the dissertation written in the summer. This piece of work provides students with opportunity to produce independent research in their chosen area, and showcase the acquired knowledge and skills.
Modules are assessed typically by a combination of coursework and examination with the weighting varying dependent on the nature of the material taught. An integrated assessment strategy is adopted.
Students must pass all six modules and achieve a pass grade in the dissertation to be awarded the Master's of Law (LLM).
Students wishing to familiarise themselves with the topic may like to read one or more of the following texts:
Please contact the School for more information on a detailed timetable and reading lists.
Full-time, over one year or 27 months part-time.
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
On completion of the module, students will have:
A programme of workshop and talks are available to postgraduate students to help develop their skills and employment prospects.
An LLM prepares our graduates for many destinations. Those who wish to continue in academia may proceed on to a PhD, while others will be well placed to take up careers in law, business, finance, banking and international organisations. Corporate Social Responsibility is increasingly important for those wishing to pursue a career in law and/or business. Corporate lawyers are often required to advise their business clients on their widening legal liabilities and their responsibilities towards stakeholders other than shareholders; lawyers for non-governmental organisations, employees organisations or governmental bodies are required to be aware of the growing number of legal tools which can be used to hold international companies to account; and, business managers need to be increasingly astute to their companies’ responsibilities towards the communities within which they operate if they are to avoid liability. An LLM in Corporate Social Responsibility thus prepares graduates for a wide range of careers.
An LLM prepares our graduates for many destinations. In a world of globalisation and international trade, your knowledge of how businesses are governed internally and through law will set you apart from the crowd. Whether you’re interested in developing a career in Europe or working for one of the many international companies with offices in Scotland and the UK, this is the course for you.
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You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union student with a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) a £2,000 scholarship to study full-time on any taught Master's course or £1,000 for part-time study. Further information on the scholarships is available here.Scholarship finder