Posted By: Sheila Pan on January 14, 2009
I know I’m a week and a half late… but welcome back to school!! I’m really looking forward to this semester and the good things that it brings. The courses that I am taking this semester are: COMM 104 Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, COMM 122 Finance II – Finance Strategy, COMM 172 Managerial Economics, COMM 181 Introduction to Human Resources Managment, ECON 240 Canadian Tax Policy, and POLS 262 International Political Economy.
COMM 104 is the course that I am most interested in because I have always been a supporter of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), including participating in the Certificate for Corporate Social Responsibility (CCSR) program, attending CSR Weekends, and supporting companies that participate in CSR. The CCSR program is something that you can participate in when you decide to come to Queen’s. This is a four-year program that involves attending CSR weekends, where you attend a number of speaker series, discussion groups and participating in case competitions or debates relating to CSR topics. The last CSR weekend that took place last year, we had to debate about codes of ethics in different countries and if companies should adopt a uniform code of ethics or should base the code of ethics depending on the country that they are operating in. Doing that debate opened my eyes up to a lot of new perspectives and gave me the opportunity to learn about all sorts of new things. Aside from the CSR weekends, you also have to do 20 hours of volunteer every year. Those 20 hours should not be hard to get at considering you probably had to do more in high school, so this was just a continuation of what you already did. You would also have to do 2.0 credits worth of approved CSR courses, 1.0 credits worth of Commerce CSR courses and 1.0 credits worth of Arts and Science CSR courses. Take note this program spans through all four years of your post-secondary life at Queen’s, so it is not much work when you think about it, plus you get a nice certificate at the end.
Also this semester, I complete my Queen’s Option! The Queen’s Option is a mandatory program where you have to take 2.0 credits worth of Arts and Science courses that are in the same department. For example, I am doing my Option in Politics, so last year I took Introduction to Politics and Government, which was a full year course worth 1.0 credits. This [academic] year, I took POLS 261 International Politics (which is basically International Relations) in the fall, worth 0.5 credits, and now I am taking POLS 262 International Politcal Economy, also worth 0.5 credits.
I think I will leave it at that for now since I should be running off to my COMM 104 class. Until next time!