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Unit information: Company Law in 2021/22

Unit name Company Law
Unit code LAWD20037
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mr. VJ Poopalasingham
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will cover: function of companies and company law; comparison of companies, partnerships and sole traders; legal personality and limited liability; classification into public and private companies; articles of association; management of companies; directors' duties; transactions involving directors; issue of shares; payment for shares; dividends; rights of shareholders; derivative claims; just and equitable winding up and unfair prejudice orders

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Consider the historical origins of company law and appreciate the relevance of those origins to understanding modern company law;
  • Discuss the key concepts of company law;
  • Analyse the nature of problems which arise when company law is applied to smaller private or closely held companies;
  • Critically consider some of the controversies surrounding company law;
  • Apply independent critical skills in answering essay and problem questions.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Information

1 x summative assessment: Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count (100%)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Resources

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If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. LAWD20037).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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