The Role of Reflection in CSR
This blog is part of the learning experience of the Kent Business School students at the University of Kent for the Corporate Social Responsibility module. The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of corporate social responsibility informed by ethical theory and stakeholder perspectives.
Students have the opportunity to familiarise with essential readings and cases in CSR in order to be able to recognise key issues that are raised by the different stakeholder groups. The module contributes to building an understanding of contemporary social issues in business by highlighting the importance of a collaborative approach with internal and external stakeholder groups.
To deliver the necessary content, the module employs flipped learning as a pedagogical approach. In flipped learning, direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.” (The Flipped Learning Network). Every lecture features a guest speaker from the industry with who the students interact by asking critical questions. Guest speakers also always pose an in-class question, which is made available to students before the presentation, so that they can answer it in their own time. The answers are then discussed during the lecture, first in small groups and then between the entire class.
An important element of the module is the integration of reflection, in order to enhance the opportunities for deeper learning. The aim of the reflections is to bring together theory and practice, in a practice known as thexis. The purpose of this blog is to encourage and guide students to share their reflections and offer constructive feedback.
We hope that this blog will inspire academics to use the flipped learning approach and integrate reflection to the design of their CSR modules and students to deepen their appreciation of these methods for enhancing their learning experiences and developing their skills.
by Dr M. May Seitanidi