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Introductory Short Course
Corporate Social Responsibility
CSR is a contemporary developmental issue in South Africa and internationally. As per legislation and subsequent policy frameworks, CSR must form part of the strategic plan of organisations in order to ensure compliance with regulation. The underlying motive for CSR is to regulate the corporate world to act as a good corporate citizen along the lines of the three basic dimensions of development, namely the economic, the environmental and the social sphere. Good CSR practices aligned with international best practices in this regard will definitely enhance sustainability in our country as well as in the rest of the continent. Communities are more than often on the receiving end of poor corporate practices and CSR policies that are of little consequence to them. Companies that are especially under scrutiny regarding their CSR practices are mining companies. Given the strong presence of mining operations (especially gold and platinum) in the North West Province, this academic niche at the university can make a valuable contribution to the region, but also to the country and in SADC, the continent.

Purpose of the course:

The short course aims to create awareness around CSR issues, human rights concerns, as well as the practical implications in their communities. The following objectives in this respect: To introduce learners to the development/evolution of community development theories; To introduce learners to a range of approaches to community development; To instil fundamental knowledge of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the basis of which provides for learning at a more advanced level

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Grade 12 and proficiency in English. The intention is to serve a wide range of individuals operating in the field of CSR and not to exclude anyone on the basis of their formal qualifications. At the same time, it is necessary that learners are proficient in English.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Articulate the range and development/evolution of community development approaches
  • Have a fundamental knowledge about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)



  • Identify and describe community development approaches by showing the principles and purposes of each approach
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of CSR in the South African context




Method of assessment: 
Attendants will have to submit a written assignment (12-15 pages) within one month after completion of the course as well as submit a case study which reflects the course work (12-15 pages) within two months after completion of the course (pass rate for both assessments is a minimum of 50%).

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
TU’s, NGO’s civil society, and communities, local government, media, politicians, small businesses, church leaders, religious leaders, etc.
Contact us
Telephone number: 
018 285 2821