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Postgraduate Course: Company Law (LAWS11016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course aims to give students a broad understanding of United Kingdom company law. The course seeks to develop an awareness of the principles of UK company law, and the issues involved. It encourages students to consider the problems arising.
Course description The topics to be studied during the course may include the following:

(i) Separate legal personality
(ii) Limited liability
(iii) Company's constitution - Articles of Association
(iv) Shares
(v) Capital Maintenance
(vi) Insider Dealing/Market Abuse
(vii) Corporate Insolvency
(viii) Directors' Duties
(ix) Wrongful Trading/Shadow Directors
(x) Directors' Disqualification
(xi) Minority Shareholder Protection
(xii) Takeovers

Some topics may take more than one seminar to cover.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Principles of Corporate Finance Law (LAWS11357)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  50
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 352 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment:
(*Component marks will contribute toward student¿s final course mark/grade).

The course will be assessed by two essays, as follows:

1) 4000 Word Essay (40%)
The first essay is worth 40% of the final mark, with a maximum of 4,000 words in length.

2) 6000 Word Essay (60%)
The second essay is worth 60% of the final mark, with a maximum of 6,000 words in length.
Feedback In addition to the assessable summative assessment (above), there will be a piece of formative assessment in semester 1.

The formative assessment will take the form of a written assignment.

Written feedback on both formative and summative work will be provided to assist students with future work.
This feedback will be provided via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Evrironment (VLE).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a general understanding of the areas of company law discussed in the course;
  2. Evidence detailed and specific knowledge of some particular areas of law within this broader framework;
  3. Prove their knowledge of an introduction to major company law issues and;
  4. Evince a basic grounding in research skills and techniques in company law.
Reading List
The main textbook for this course is PL Davies and S Worthington (eds), Gower: Principles of Modern Company Law (2021, 11th edn).

Other relevant books include:
(i) Sealy's and Worthington's, Text, Cases and Materials on Company Law
(ii) Mayson, French & Ryan on Company Law
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsCompany law,corporate law,Company Directors,Directors¿ Duties,Shareholders,Shares,Market Abuse
Course organiserMr Parker Hood
Tel: (0131 6)50 2048
Course secretaryMiss Bethan Walters
Tel: (0131 6)50 2386
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