Business in Society (N1581F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This module focuses on how contemporary businesses interact with society. Business is broadly defined to include public, voluntary, not-for-profit and social enterprise, as well as the private sector, covering all sizes and types. How business interacts with society is related to topical news stories and events. For example, how advances in AI technology are likely to affect employment in your lifetime, how social media platforms like Facebook use our data or the debate around zero-hour contracts and the so called ‘gig’ economy. The ethical questions posed by such activities will be considered throughout.

Your learning is achieved via a series of coherent lectures & seminars. The aim is to create a friendly, highly interactive and inclusive learning environment including a range of diverse learning activities. In addition to knowledge generation this approach will enable you to further develop transferable skills essential for success at both university and in the world of work: personal confidence, teamwork & collaboration, self-management and independent learning.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: