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Course Name Foundations of Corporate Social Responsibility
Program M. Sc. Cognitive Sciences, Learning and Technology
Semester Open Elective
Credits 3
Campus Amritapuri


Unit I

Unit I – Understanding CSR
Understanding CSR- Evolution, importance, relevance and justification. CSR in the Indian context, corporate strategy.CSR and Indian corporate.

Unit II

Unit II – Structure of CSR
In the Companies Act 2013 (Section 135); Rules under Section 13; CSR activities, CSR committees, CSR policy, CSR expenditure CSR reporting; Policies; Preparation of CSR policy and process of policy formulation; Government expectations, roles and responsibilities.

Unit III

Unit III – CSR and Social Work
CSR practices in domestic and international area; Role and contributions of voluntary organizations to CSR initiatives. Role of implementation agency in Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.Effective CSR implementation. Role and expectations of social worker in CSR programmes.

Unit IV

Unit IV – Project Management in CSR initiatives
Project and programme; Monitoring and evaluation of CSR Interventions. CSR Documentation and report writing. Reporting framework, format and procedure. Social Enterprise and Government Initiatives.

Unit V

Unit V – Models of CSR
Business Model, Social Marketing, Crowdfunding, Social Entrepreneurship – Case studies.


Prerequisite: Elective

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an emerging area of Social Work in India. This course will familiarize the students with the concept of CSR. For an individual, as for an organization, CSR gives an opportunity to participate as a responsible enlightened citizen and organization. The evolution of CSR has had a far-reaching impact on development in India.

Course Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the environmental, social, and economic drivers and risks impacting companies – along with the major business opportunities for integrating sustainability factors within the core business strategy.
  2. Understand the global perspectives of CSR and particular CSR practices in India.
  3. Gain knowledge on the impact of CSR on corporate culture, particularly as it relates to social issues.
  4. Provide students with conceptual clarity on the need, purpose, and relevance of research applicability in CSR practice.
  5. Acquire skills to frame CSR policies and practices appropriate to the Indian workplace.

Course Outcomes:

CO1: Acquired knowledge in the global perspectives of CSR and particular CSR practices in India
CO2: Understood the impact of CSR implementation on corporate culture, particularly as it relates to social issues
CO3: Understood the need, purpose, and relevance of research applicability in CSR practice and frame CSR policies and practices appropriate to the Indian workplace


  • Gain an overview of key philosophical perspectives and concepts in cognitive science.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how philosophical and conceptual analysis has influenced concepts and theories in cognitive sciences.
  • Grasp how foundational assumptions have shaped cognitive science and how they can be challenged.
  • Differentiate between philosophical concepts and their application within empirical research in cognitive sciences.
  • Understand how the conceptualisation of mind, language, and cognition has influenced empirical research in the cognitive sciences.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the traditional philosophical issues continue to challenge contemporary cognitive scientists and how empirical research has influenced philosophy.
  • Demonstrate an enhanced ability to engage in critical analysis and argument through reading and group discussions.
  • Demonstrate an ability to articulate their views in a systematic manner through their philosophical writing and dialogue, with a focus on clarity of idea and coherent justification.
  • Demonstrate confidence in undertaking work through independent learning and taking responsibility for their learning.

Course objectives CO-Program outcome PO – Mappings


Evaluation Pattern:

Assessment Internal External
Midterm Exam 30
*Continuous Assessment (CA) 20
End Semester 50

*CA – Can be Quizzes, Assignment, Projects, and Reports, and Seminar

Textbooks and Papers

  • Corporate Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility, V Bala Chandran and V Chandrasekaran, PHI learning Private Limited, New Delhi 2011.
  • UNDP (nd) Governance indicators: A users guide . Oslo: UNDP
  • Rao, V.S.L. (2009) Human Resource Management, New Delhi, Excel Books,

Reference Books

  • White H. (2005) Challenges in evaluating development effectiveness: Working paper 242, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton.
  • Rao, Subbha (1996) Essentials of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Mumbai, Himalaya

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