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Unit information: Corporate governance and accountability in 2021/22

Unit name Corporate governance and accountability
Unit code EFIMM0130
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Michelon
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This module aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in a number of key advanced topics of corporate governance theory, research and practice (adopting a stakeholder approach and including associated accountability, reporting, and regulation problems), to develop their familiarity with and powers to criticise the academic literature; and to develop their ability to integrate and synthesize between topics in order to enter usefully into current debates and to suggest potentially fruitful avenues for development.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. List, describe, explain, relate, compare and contrast: Alternative conceptualisations of governance; Different contexts, rationales and drivers for corporate governance; Alternative paradigms in governance research; Different mechanisms for corporate governance; Alternative corporate governance frameworks and requirements; The different elements of economic, social, environmental and ethical responsibility; The different elements and aspects of corporate reporting
  2. Cite, explain, select and apply appropriate models to suggest solutions to problems in: Development of corporate governance frameworks and requirements; Case (company) specific corporate governance and reporting issues
  3. Design, criticise and challenge models for: Development of corporate governance frameworks and requirements; Evolution of corporate governance frameworks in comparison to evolution of corporate reporting requirements
  4. Develop powers of research in the academic literature and texts
  5. Develop powers of integration and synthesis to suggest potentially fruitful questions
  6. Critically evaluate theoretical arguments and empirical evidences

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed by 100% coursework


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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.

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