Taught course

Corporate Social Responsibility

University of Stirling · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

Applicants require a good Honours degree or equivalent academic or professional qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

As traditional forms of legal regulation through company law or trade law fail, the concept of corporate social responsibility is becoming increasingly important. Knowledge of the changing legal landscape in the field of corporate responsibility is thus vital. Corporate lawyers are often required to advise their business clients on their widening legal liabilities and their responsibilities towards stakeholders other than shareholders; lawyers for non-governmental organisations, employees or government should be aware of the growing number of legal tools which can be used to hold international companies to account; and, business managers need to be increasingly astute to their companies’ responsibilities towards the communities within which they operate if they are to avoid liability.

The LLM in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Stirling offers a unique, multi-disciplinary approach to this topic by combining perspectives from law, management, history and philosophy. By the end of the programme, students are not only familiar with the origins of the debate surrounding corporate social responsibility; they are also given an understanding of current developments in a wide range of topics such as company law, trade and investment law, labour law, environmental law and human rights, as well as clarity on how businesses operate in society. In order to achieve this, students focus on the regulation of companies from a legal perspective while also learning about the governance of companies from a management point of view. Staff teaching on the course are drawn from across the University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Stirling’s Management School. Please see the course content for more information.

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is:

  • To introduce students to the topic of corporate social responsibility and to develop students’ understanding and awareness of contemporary issues in the area.
  • To provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging training at an advanced level in corporate social responsibility issues as preparation for, or as an enhancement to, a career in this area.
  • To develop problem-solving skills to Masters level by means of legal problems which require the use and understanding of core legal rules and principles.
  • To develop independent critical legal thought and legal research and writing skills to LLM level through the preparation and presentation of written arguments.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency. For details of requirements for this course, visit: http://stir.ac.uk/3f

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Prof. Fraser Davidson
+44 (0) 1786 467 287