Course syllabus RREAP - Environmental Aspects of Business in EU (FRDIS - SS 2014/2015)

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Course code: RREAP
Course title in language of instruction: Environmentální aspekty podnikání v EU
Course title in Czech: Environmental Aspects of Business in EU
Course title in English: Environmental Aspects of Business in EU
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2014/2015
Name of lecturer: Ing. Simona Miškolci, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Prerequisites: (Macroeconomics or Macroeconomics in English) and (Microeconomics or Microeconomics in English) and (Business Economics or Business Economics in English) and not Environmental Aspects of Business in EU in English and not Economics and Management of Environment and Natural Resources
Aims of the course:
From the analysis of the latest development of the business environment in the EU it is clear, that environmental concerns have an increasing impact on business success. New technologies, markets and environmental regulations are the sources of new business opportunities and threats. To maintain or to create competitive advantage in this dynamic environment, corporate managers must develop environmental strategies. This course is aimed to review the way, why and how business can and should respond to environmental challenges. The course will be of particular value to business managers at all levels, to policymakers, regulators, environment consultants and to a variety of other environmental stakeholders.
The beginning of the course is focused on the analysis of the business environment in order to explore how external institutions create both opportunities and limitations for environmental strategy (1) the effects of environmentalism and public environmental awareness on corporate management, examining recent thinking on the role of environment in business and sustainable economic development; (2) policies government might impose on business in order to ensure that it meets, and indeed exceeds compliance with regulations. The second part of the course is principally concerned with the analysis of internal business environment and examination (3) what motivates particular business responses to external environmental driving forces; and (4) how business itself responds to environmental risks and how business strategy develops.
Course contents:
1.Sustainability: a new framework for business strategy (allowance 2/2)
2.Drivers of environmental protection in a changing business environment (allowance 2/2)
3.Government regulation and environmental policy of the EU: new rules of the game (allowance 4/4)
4.Integration of sustainability requirements into business strategy and management: concepts of corporate social responsibility and citizenship (allowance 6/6)
5.Analysis of business environment : evaluation of the impact of environmental factors on the organizational structure of business and economic activity (allowance 4/4)
6.Analysis of business environment : assessment of economic impact of policy measures (allowance 4/4)
7.Environmental management systems and tools (allowance 4/4)
8.Communication strategies (allowance 4/4)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to work in international context
-professional knowledge
-quality concept awareness
-skilled at utilizing and processing information
-work in team

Specific competences:
-Ability to identify, describe and analyse environmental context of business activities within EU
-Ability to propose environmentally friendly business solutions
-Knowledge of environmental legislative and further instruments of sustainable development in EU

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice8 h
     seminar20 h
     consultation5 h
     public presentation (oral)5 h
     preparation for exam30 h
     preparation for regular assessment9 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h
     preparation of presentation10 h
     elaboration and execution of projects5 h
     writing of seminar paper10 h
Total140 h
Assessment methods:
Oral examination; a credits are subjected to active participation in seminars and team work, individual preparation for seminars and case studies, paper presentation and short writing assignments, tests.
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQMARKANDYA, A. et al.Environmental economics for sustainable growth: a handbook for practitionersCheltenhamEdward Elgar20021-84064-812-0
RQEnvironmental Policy in the European Union: actors, institutions, and processesLondonEarthscan1-84407-157-X
RQMEZŘICKÝ, V. et al.Základy ekologické politikyPrahaMinisterstvo životního prostředí České republiky199680-85368-96-X
RQFREDERICK, W C. -- POST, J C. -- DAVIS, K.Business and Society : Corporate Strategy, Public Policy, EthicsNew YorkMcGraw-Hill19920-07-015613-1


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