Introduction to Sustainability in Business
The course will focus on the theory and practice of building, growing and operating businesses with ways which are ethical, sustainable, and show a consideration for the balance of profit and purpose.
What will you study?
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Define sustainable business practice.
- Provide examples of actions and behaviours associated with sustainable business practice, aligned with each of the '7 Well-being Goals' of the 'Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
- Describe the business models, benchmarks and certifications associated with sustainable business practice, and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each.
- Identify clear actions to advance sustainable business practice through their own work or study.
The course will comprise of the following key components:
- 20x 30 minute podcasts: featuring TownSq staff, mentors and associates exploring the key themes of the course. Students will be expected to listen to an average of 1 podcast per day for the first 20 working days of the course.
- Recommended articles, blogs, and other media: with a detailed reading leading list, curated by TownSq, and structured around the '7 Well-being Goals' of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Students will be expected to engage with an average of 2 items per day from the reading list for the first 20 working days of the course.
- 4x 1hour live seminars: weekly seminars over the first 20 working days of the course, where students will discuss and reflect on the course content.
- 4x 1-hour tutorials: weekly tutorials over the first 20 working days of the course, where small groups of students will be encouraged to reflect on their learning and development with the course tutor.
- 4x2-hour live workshops: weekly workshops over the first 20 working days of the course, delivered by TownSq staff, mentors and associates, on campus at Wrexham, and comprising practical exercises where ideas developed through the course can be interrogated and put into practice.
- A discussion forum: in which students will be expected to engage with one another. (30mins per week)
- 4x practical task briefs: weekly briefs set at the start of each week for the first 4 weeks of the course, detailing practical self-directed tasks for students, aligned with course themes.
Contents will be structures around the '7 Well-being Goals' of the 'Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. Namely:
- A prosperous Wales
- A resilient Wales
- A more equal Wales
- A healthier Wales
- A Wales of cohesive communities
- A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh Language
- A Globally responsible Wales.
Modes of study
Assessment will take the form of the completion of an 'action planning canvas', where students develop action plan detailing how they will apply the learning they have gained through the course to their own study/work/professional practice. Students will be advised to spend the equivalent of 5 days of study in the preparation of their action plan (i.e., working days 21-25 of the course).
Engagement with each aspect of course delivery would amount to weekly engagement with course forums and/or seminars/workshops, monitored and logged via Moodle.
Assessment criteria would be clear demonstration of a) understanding of course themes, b) relation of course themes to own work/study/practice, and c) definition of clear actions relating to own work/study/practice – assessed via a submitted action plan.
Award will be contingent upon a minimum level of engagement with each aspect of course delivery, and meeting minimum assessment criteria.
This course will start October 11th 2021.
The course will be delivered over the course of 5-weeks (25 working days).
To book onto this course, please visit the online store.