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.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Group presentation)
60%: Examination (Multiple choice questions)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: