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Postgraduate Course: Corporate Compliance: Case Studies in Law & Ethics (LAWS11273)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will examine the legal, ethical, and social compliance issues that arise in an international business setting. Each session will consider regulations from different countries, international standards, and guidance documents that address issues from bribery to working conditions in factories. Case study analysis will be used to not only identify noncompliant practices, the consequences of violations, and the lack of leadership accountability, but also to highlight successful codes of conduct, transparent compliance programs, and ethical corporate cultures. This module focuses on real-world legal issues, legal accountability, and the interconnections between multi-national corporations and governments around the world.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the distance learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet. Print consumables are recommended to provide hard copy of some on materials.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPlease contact the distance learning team at
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information This course is taught by distance learning.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The aims of this module are to:

1. explore regulations and international standards that affect international commercial business;
2. analyse cases of regulatory noncompliance as well as cases that demonstrate effective compliance measures and programs;
3. examine ethical and social challenges in order to outline measures to address long-term compliance goals
4. explain business regulations and the challenges posed in a transnational setting
5. understand the application of international commercial law and critique issues related to violations of these laws and international standards
6. argue the benefits of a robust compliance program that includes a corporate code of conduct policy and recommend strategies to build a compliant corporate culture

Assessment Information
One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%); one individual assignment (20%); contribution to weekly online discussions throughout the semester (20%). Requirements for all module assessment will be outlined to students within the individual modules at the start of each semester.
Special Arrangements
This course is taught by distance learning.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Introduction to international corporate compliance
2. Anti-corruption, anti-bribery law
3. Anti-trust, competition law
4. Corporate social responsibility standards and human rights
5. Financial regulations
6. Environmental compliance
7. Technology, wireless compliance
8. Foreign investment oversight and regulations
9. Ethical leadership and corporate culture
10. Compliance management , accountability and transparency
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Graeme Laurie
Tel: (0131 6)50 2020
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 4411
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