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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This first part of this module is designed to provide students with a theoretical framework to understand corporate governance problems. To this effect, the module illustrates the origins of the corporate governance debate, and its expression in core UK company law doctrine. Based on a multi-disciplinary approach to corporate governance theories, the module examines the corporate governance regimes in the Anglo-American and Continental European systems with a particular emphasis on the UK system. The second part focuses on the theoretical and practical ways of regulating corporate activities and markets. It will focus on the reasons why and the techniques used such as risk based approaches, to regulate corporate activities and markets. Attention will be given to the issue of regulation and enforcement both in terms of style and the range of sanctions that could be used to deal with corporate and market failures. Finally, the issue of political and legal accountability will be considered. Overall, the module aims to provide students with the necessary conceptual tools to enable them to make the most out of their optional modules and dissertation, and in due course to continue to study this key area independently. Throughout the module, the discussion will focus on the normative question of what constitutes an appropriately designed corporate governance and financial regulation regime.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught through weekly lecture/seminars of 3 hour duration.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: LA9A3-20)
B (Examination only) locally Adminstered Exam 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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