Corporate Accountability and Social Justice

Course Description

In this seminar we will consider the extent to which corporations, and the officers and directors who run them, can, and should, be held accountable for the impact that their decisions and actions have on people, local economies, and the environment. We will begin with basic concepts of corporate governance and corporate accountability and then employ these concepts to examine and analyze key areas of corporate impact on social welfare. During the course of the seminar we will examine the relationships between corporations and their officers and directors, shareholders, employees, regulators, customers, local communities, and the environment. As time permits we will cover a variety of contemporary topics in corporate governance and accountability that may include trends in regulatory strategies, executive compensation, board structures, the corporate social responsibility movement, corporate sustainability, shareholder activism and the use of alternative business models such as benefit corporations.

Current and Previous Instructors

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions

P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

Currently Scheduled Sections

CRN: 99636

  • Fall '24
  • 3
  • 300A/B
  • Thurs: 12:00-2:00


  • Liza Vertinsky

  • Waitlisted. (Limit 14).

May satisfy Advanced Writing Requirement

  • 522u

  • Materials to be posted on Blackboard or distributed in class