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Online course

Discovering Business in Society

Discover how businesses function and interact with the wider socio-economic environment. In association with ACCA.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Discovering Business in Society

Why join the course?

This introductory course will guide your discovery of how businesses function and interact with the wider socio-economic environment.

Tensions brought about by competition for resources, the legal and moral frameworks for business activity, and the complexities of knowledge management in organisations will present you with core challenges in the future. Together we’ll explore these dimensions alongside an assessment of the specific business impact of global governance, resource depletion, demographic change, and the power of repeated technology and communications revolutions.

Improving your core knowledge of these new contexts for business activity will ensure you’re better placed to embark upon the next phase of your learning. For those currently in business it gives the chance to reflect, contribute to discussion, and gain recognition for experience.

Questioning anew the contexts for future commercial and organisational success is imperative; this is the purpose of Discovering Business in Society.

Your learning will be guided by senior staff from the EQUIS-accredited University of Exeter Business School. Passing the exam will lead to exemption from the ACCA paper F1, Accountant in Business.

You can find out more about what to expect from this course in two posts on our blog - one asking whether corporations are too powerful, the other examining how the world can change in 50 years.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

There are no pre-requisites for the course.

Who will you learn with?

Robin Mason

I am Dean of the University of Exeter Business School and a Professor of Economics. I am a fellow of the CEPR and a Member of the UK's Competition Commission.

Who developed the course?