Postgraduate Course: Corporate Governance (CMSE11482)
||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 recent financial crisis and major business scandals reminded the public the importance of corporate governance and business ethics in investor protection and well-being of the capital markets. The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the important theories of corporate governance. The course will cover the topics on corporate board, ownership structure, CEO pay and turnover, institutional investor, regulatory reforms and corporate social responsibility.
Given the dramatic development of emerging markets such as China and India, the course also focuses on the comparative aspects of corporate governance and on the different legal regimes found in different parts of the world. This module aims to equip students with a critical understanding of the important themes in corporate governance and business ethics.
Theoretical aspects of corporate governance
Executive Compensation and Turnover
Directors and Board Structure
Development of corporate governance codes
Stakeholders and social responsibility
Financial reporting quality
Research methods in corporate governance
Student Learning Experience:
The learning occurs primarily through reading and thinking about the academic articles or chapters of books recommended and discussion in class when appropriate or with classmates. This reading is supported by the programme of lectures, in each of which an overview of the topic is presented and the main issues are summarised. All students are expected to actively participate in class discussion.
Learning takes place in the following stages. Prior to each session students are required to complete the required reading. During the session the bullet points on the slides will be used to focus the discussion and to help to summarise key issues. As the structure of the course is designed to be cumulative students will be expected to bring their learning and insights from previous sessions to bear on subsequent sessions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% exam (individual) 100% - assesses all course Learning Outcomes
||Formative: students are strongly encouraged to obtain feedback by asking/answering questions in class, and participating in class discussions.
Summative: there will be general feedback on the final exam.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||CMSE11482 Corporate Governance||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and critically discuss the role of corporate governance in firms where there is separation of ownership from control.
- Understand and critically discuss the importance of corporate governance in sustainable development.
- Critically evaluate the relationship between various corporate governance regimes and different models of capitalist development.
- Understand and critically discuss different views of the nature and purpose of the public corporation and investor protection.
|Christine A. Mallin, 2010, Corporate Governance, 4th Edition, Oxford University Press|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and Understanding
After completing this course, students should be able to:
Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.
|Course organiser||Dr Wenxuan Hou
Tel: (0131 6)51 5319
|Course secretary||Ms Friederike Traiser
Tel: (0131 6)50 8072