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LS5582: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

This course will discuss the trajectory of the development of corporate governance over the past three decades, especially in the UK and the US, with a view to understanding the extent to which underlying theoretical assumptions and policy decisions impact legislative, regulatory and self-regulatory arrangements as well as reform options. Students will gain an understanding of why the company as a legal entity has the shape and form that it does; why certain actors are regarded as internal to corporate governance arrangements and others external; and why ongoing (and sometimes apparently futile) reform efforts take the form that they do.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor John Paterson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will discuss the trajectory of the development of corporate governance over the past three decades, especially in the UK and the US (because of the influence they have exerted elsewhere) but also referring to other examples as appropriate, with a view to understanding the extent to which underlying theoretical assumptions and policy decisions impact legislative, regulatory and self-regulatory arrangements as well as options for reform. Students will gain an understanding of why the company as a legal entity has the shape and form that it does; why certain actors are regarded as internal to corporate governance arrangements and others as external; and why ongoing (and sometimes apparently futile) reform efforts take the form that they do. It will also introduce students to theoretical developments that challenge received wisdom and open the door to more radical reform - albeit that they raise more fundamental questions about assumptions underpinning a wider array of societal arrangements and do not by any means offer easy answers.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

One 2,000-word essay (25%) and one 3-hour exam (75%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

Feedback will be returned to students within 3 weeks of submission of the essay.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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