Sustainable governance and Agrifood Companies Responsibility
The aim of the course is to develop students skills and abilities in order to use the knowledge acquired in the field of sustainable development within international and agri-food sector firms. In particular, the course aims to transmit the following knowledge and skills.
Basic knowledge of microeconomics.
Module I (3 Cfu- 24 hours):
• Evolution of development models
• Sustainability of development
• Introduction to the dimensions of sustainability
• Economic sustainability
• Social sustainability
• Environmental sustainability
• The territorial dimension of development between competitiveness and sustainability
Module II (3 Cfu- 24 hours):
• • Sustainability and well-being
• • The main global issues
• • Sustainable governance
• • Sustainable governance and global problems
• • Global and territorial governance
III module (3 Cfu- 24 hours):
• • Discuss the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
• • Evolution and theoretical approaches related to CSR
• • Strategy of the European Union for the knowledge and dissemination of CSR
• • Main CSR tools (code of ethics, social report, etc.)
• • Certifications
• • Case studies related to the adoption of CSR systems
• • Responsible consumption and sustainability of well-being
• • Social responsibility of the territory
The course deals with the issues of sustainable development, global problems, global governance and the corporate social responsibility agri-food sector.
The course is delivered through face-to-face lectures during which are analyzed all the program topics. At the end of module III there is the case studies analysis. These case studies are illustrated by the teacher and then they are analysed by student within specific seminars.
-Lecture notes by the professor. The course material is distributed in the classroom by the teacher or in teacher office hours even for not attending the lessons students. In addition, it is available through the e-learning platform Moodle.
Rusconi, G., &Dorigatti, M. (2004). La responsabilità sociale d’impresa. Franco Angeli, Milano. Cap 5 e Cap 7(p112 a 127);
D'Aprile G. (2014)Responsabilità Sociale d'Impresa: La prospettiva psicosociale. Edizioni Accademiche Italiane (p 9-36);
Castellani, G. (2015). Responsabilità sociale d’impresa. Ragioni, azioni e reporting. Maggioli, Santarcangelo di Romagna.(p184-196).
Verification of learning for non-students.
The verification is based on a written test. The test consists of 3 questions on all program topics. The grade is out of thirty: each question can be awarded a maximum of 10 points. Cum laude may be awarded if the student shows a particular ability: to deepen the topics of the program; and/or in autonomy of judgment; and/or in communication skills. During the written test it is not allowed to consult texts and notes or use computer media (such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc.).
For students who have attended the course:
The verification is based on a written test and an oral test. The written test focuses on an open question about the program, with a duration of 35 minutes and can have a maximum grade of 10 points. The oral exam is open to everyone. The oral exam consists in the presentation of a project work agreed upon with the teacher during the course. The vote, out of thirty, will be the result of the vote obtained in the two tests. Cum laude may be awarded if the student shows a particular ability: to deepen the topics of the program; and/or in autonomy of judgment; and/or in communication skills. During the written test it is not allowed to consult texts and notes or use computer media (such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc.). Rehearsals will not be held on the same day.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: student must demonstrate to understand the problems relating to the themes of sustainable developmentin a international contest, international governance and also the strategic rule of Corporate social responsibility in agri-food sector.
Applying knowledge and understanding: student must demonstrate the ability to apply the acquired knowledge to practical cases in relation to agri-food sector. To this end, the teacher will follow students in applying theoretical knowledge to specific case studies, which will be identified during the course for student trainees, or within the teacher office hours even for not attending lessons students.
Making judgements: the student should be able to use the acquired knowledge also in an autonomous way, by also applying them to specific case studies.
Communication: the student must be able to present clearly a work that concerns the analysis of case studies that have been identified with the teacher, using an appropriate language to the topic, both in the written paper that oral presentation of the work.
Lifelong learning skills: the student must demonstrate a good ability to learn and deepen his/her knowledge on relevant references for the sector under investigation. This capacity is required also in order to carry out the specific insights that have been agreed with the teacher.