Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Ethics

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Ethics

United Kingdom / United States


Students studying 209SEM (CSR and Sustainability in Sport and Events) are submitting a joint piece of coursework with students from College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s, Minnesota, USA.

Internationalised learning outcomes

  • To develop global understanding to appreciate how different cultures can view the same activities
  • To understand the difference in expectations of students in different cultures
  • To achieve a way of working that takes into account different cultures and time differences

OIL Activities

Students at Coventry were divided into 20 groups, and invited to choose an organisation from a pre-prepared list on which to write a case study for their coursework. One student from America was randomly assigned to each group.
Each group has to submit the same piece of coursework in USA as at Coventry. The coursework brief was designed with the idea that students at Coventry could not complete the work without the help of the American student, and vice versa.

The activities went as follows:

  • Pre-project: USA students choose one organisation each from the list
  • Week 1: Coventry students divide themselves into 20 groups, and choose an organisation from the list. Both USA and Coventry students who chose the same organisation were emailed to put them in touch with other.
  • Coursework brief is released
  • Week 2: Coventry student Skype American student
  • Weeks 3-6: Coventry and USA students collaborate on coursework report
  • Week 6: report is submitted both in USA and at Coventry

OIL Output

Group report submitted both in Coventry and USA

Method of capturing intercultural development

Students also completed a peer review feedback form and asked to complete a questionnaire as to their experiences.