MKT 7280 Socially Responsible Marketing in an International Context (3 units)
Marketing does not operate in a vacuum and as such it impinges on all sectors of society at a macroeconomic, firm, and individual level. Global marketing activities are often lambasted for being reckless and socially irresponsible. Misleading advertising, cultural inappropriateness, tax evasion, dumping, physically dangerous or tainted products are just some examples of marketing activities that are, by some, considered to be a reasonable means of making money. By taking a critical reflection on the nature of marketing practice, the course explores the interrelated areas of corporate social responsibility, marketing ethics and social marketing. The effect of global marketing activities on a broad range of societal constituencies is considered, and how these marketing activities can be used in a positive way to generate advancement and wellbeing for the global society. The role of social responsibility in the marketing process is also considered in terms of the roles and responsibilities of consumers, manufacturers, and governments.
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