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Belmont in Belgium: CLOSED

Corporate Social Responsibility

 

We will travel to Antwerp, the second largest city of Belgium, where the University of Antwerp organizes the ‘I-week’ - a course about Corporate Social Responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept with many definitions and practices. The way it is implemented differs greatly for each company and country. CSR links with various management areas and addresses various business topics such as human rights, corporate governance, health and safety, environmental effects, working conditions, community relations and contribution to economic development. The purpose of CSR is to drive change towards sustainability in the global business world. Corporate social responsibility is a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders of a company.

During the I-week in Antwerp, you will learn about the many different facets of Corporate Social Responsibility through lectures, a CEO-debate and workshops. You will interact with students from other countries during group assignments. As part of the Belmont program, there will also be cultural visits to the cities of Antwerp, Brussels and Bruges where you will learn about the role of those cities for sustainable economic development in Europe. This is a great opportunity to learn about CSR at a European University and acquire a global perspective and intercultural skills. According to a Huffington Post article of 2016, Antwerp is “Western-Europe’s Best Kept Secret.” If you join this program, you’ll experience why Antwerp is being described as “a city rich in past and present.”

Via this video link you can see the week in action: 


Program Dates:

Spring Break Study Abroad: March 3, 2018 - March 11, 2018

Curriculum:
Students enroll in the following course:

MGT 3950/INB 3950/ACC 3950: (3 hours): Corporate Social Responsibility: Challenges for Multinational Businesses

The course covers the various management facets of Corporate Social Responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility will be approached and analysed in different contexts, such as geographical context (BRIC, EU, ASEAN ...), by industrial context (sector) and by functional management areas (human resource management, production, strategy, marketing, finance, auditing,…). Students are exposed to international perspectives on current issues in management related to sustainability and reflect on corporate social responsibility through a multidisciplinary approach. The participation of students and faculty members from various geographic areas in this course fosters a global perspective and exposes students to an intercultural climate. Students are exposed to international views and perspectives on corporate sustainability, social and environmental accounting, and business strategies for sustainability.

Eligibility:
  • Open to qualified Belmont students
  • Students can be from any discipline
  • Undergraduate students need GPA of 2.5 or above
Costs: Program Fee + Tuition

1)     Program Fee: $3,000 

The program fee includes airfare, lodging (Antwerp Youth Hostel, 2 students per room),
transportation per train for visits to Brussels and Bruges, and admission to program activities.
The following meals are included in the program fee: breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday,
welcome dinner and farewell dinner.

Costs not covered by the program fee include: Course texts/supplies, personal expenses,
additional meals, and gifts/souvenirs.

2)     Belmont Tuition: Tuition is charged for this course in the spring at the regular Belmont tuition rate. After a student
is registered for 16 hours in the Spring Semester, this course will be charged for only one hour
instead of three. 

Credits:

Undergraduate: Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn three hours of Belmont University Credit

Housing:
Antwerp Youth Hostel, 2 students per room
Application Deadlines:

November 15, 2017

Faculty Contacts:
Dr. Christophe Van Linden