Curriculum

Kisho Kurokawa Green Institute

The AU Online Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Management is comprised of 4 intensive 6-week courses, followed by an individualized capstone project that is completed over two 6-week terms. The program can be completed in 9 months entirely online from anywhere in the world.

BUS 535 Triple Bottom Line Accountability & Management 3 units
BUS 545 Green Marketing & Environmental Product Design / Recycling 3 units
BUS 555 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Ethics 3 units
BUS 565 Sustainable Enterprise Development & Leadership 3 units
BUS 600 Capstone Project in Sustainable Management 3 units
BUS 610 Capstone Project in Sustainable Management 3 units

Course Descriptions

BUS 535 Triple Bottom Line Accountability and Management (3 units)

The Triple Bottom Line Accountability and Management course is an expanded version of accounting for corporate activity. Contemporary society has moved away from the mere financial bottom line to a higher level of social responsibility where we account for the true social impact of our business activity. Through this expanded version of accounting and accountability, social and environmental impact is added to the equations. Thereby the report of corporate activity and management comprehensively reflects a true bottom line. The three prongs of the true bottom line become clear: economic prosperity, environmental quality and social justice. This course provides the basis for business students to go forward and determine the true social effects of the businesses they are working for and to manage for the future.

BUS 545 Green Marketing & Environmental Product Design/Recycling (3 units)

Green Marketing & Environmental Product Design/Recycling is a course structured around the traditional "4Ps" of marketing and explains how marketing mix decisions can and do influence environmental outcomes. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on the conversion of consumption systems to a sustainable paradigm that represents a circular use of resources, not the linear approach (materials >products >consumption >disposal) that leads to the pollution of ecosystems. The major theme of the course is that marketers can reinvent strategy and craft "win-win-win" solutions, where customers win (obtaining genuine benefits), organizations win (achieving financial objectives), and ecosystems win (ecosystem functioning is preserved or enhanced).

BUS 555 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Ethics (3 units)

Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics is a comprehensive study of the core issues for business in the questions of sustainability, social responsibility and ethics. The course introduces the student, not only to relevant issues, but the views of corporate stakeholders. Approaches for presenting and carrying out a program of sustainability are presented, including strategic planning, targets, goals and alternative approaches. A prinicipal part of the course is devoted to the ethics of business and issues of transparency, including discussion of the social impact of non ethical and non transparent business practices. Case studies, a team project and practice assignments assist in presenting these themes on a practical level. The course concludes with information and discussion on trends in sustainability and business ethics. A principal goal for the course is to show that community engagement and the maximization of profit/shareholder value are not mutually exclusive, but mutually reinforcing. Click here to see the three required textbooks.

BUS 565 Sustainable Enterprise Development and Leadership (3 units)

Sustainable Enterprise Development and Leadership is a course which provides a comprehensive and practical analysis of what sustainable business development is and how companies can use it to make a significant difference. Sustainable development involves articulating, integrating and achieving social, economic, and environmental objectives, and initiatives to protect humankind and the natural world from destructive behaviors. Sustainable business development is a holistic management approach which includes the entire value added system from the origins of raw materials ,to production processes, to customer use, to product end of useful life. Sustainable outcomes are those that balance the performance objectives of the present with the needs and expections of the future. To acheive these outcomes, there must be a profound change in strategic thinking, leadership and the management of businesses.

BUS 600 is a capstone course in the MBA in Sustainable Management curriculum and as such will be the next to last course the students take in the program. As a capstone course, the focus will be the application of what students have learned in their previous courses. To accomplish this, students will be required to analyze a number of case studies which deal with issues such as supply chain management, stakeholder dialogue, social entrepreneurship, sustainable marketing, ethics, governance, and the business need for sustainability.

BUS 610 Capstone Project in Sustainable Management (3 units)

BUS 610 is also a capstone course in the MBA in Sustainable Management, and is the last course students will take in the program. The course serves two purposes. The first is to take the subject beyond the narrow confines of an organization and to more it to a universal stage. To accomplish this, students will study Kisho Kurokawa' marvelous book, Each One A Hero: The Philosophy of Symbiosis. The second purpose of the course is give students the necessary tools to go into organizations, and into society as a whole, as experts in the field of sustainable management and to educate others in the importance of the subject. This aspect of the course is extremely important as organizations look for ways to reinvigorate internal management development activities to factor into those activities the role of corporate responsibilities in sustainable issues.

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