Postgraduate Course: Comparative Corporate Governance (LAWS11283)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course focuses on the theory, law and practice of the governance of corporations across different jurisdictions with a focus on the Anglo-American model.
Corporate governance regulates the relationships between various corporate constituencies (directors, officers, majority and minority shareholders, employees, creditors) with a view to establishing an adequate system of controls that prevents any single corporate constituency from acquiring overriding power or influence. Because legal systems rank social priorities differently, several models of corporate governance have emerged worldwide.
Topics covered in this course include:
- Law, politics and culture as drivers of corporate governance;
- Corporate governance codes: origins, perspectives, enforcement;
- Board-level employee representation;
- Gender diversity in the board of directors;
- Shareholder activism and proxy advisors;
- The role of auditors and corporate lawyers in corporate governance;
- Corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment.
This course is mandatory for the completion of the LLM in Corporate Law.
The course is available to students from other LLM programmes, subject to place availability.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Prior knowledge of Company Law is deisirable.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
5000 Word Essay (100%)
||Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.
Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.
Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the main causes of conflicts between managers, shareholders and other stakeholders and the role of corporate governance in managing these conflicts
- Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of principle-based versus rule-based regulation of corporations
- Analyse the emerging international standards in the area of corporate governance
- Demonstrate developed and written oral skills, including the clear and succinct expression of ideas
- Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a group
|The reading assigned for each seminar will be specified in the handout distributed in advance.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Ability to critically analyse and apply complex theoretical ideas and empirical research evidence
Communicate and work with other students, often from diverse intellectual backgrounds and from different countries
Use library and electronic resources effectively and independently to research problems
Exercise judgement, critical reflection and independence in a substantial writing task.
|Keywords||Corporate Law,Corporate governance; company law; comparative law; board of directors; shareholder a
|Course organiser||Dr Remus Valsan
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
|Course secretary||Miss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002