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Postgraduate Course: Comparative and International Corporate Governance (LAWS11306)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course focuses on the theory, law and practice of the governance of public corporations across different jurisdictions, with a particular emphasis on the Anglo-American model of corporate governance. Corporate governance regulates the relationships between various corporate constituencies (directors, officers, majority and minority shareholders, employees) with a view to establishing an adequate system of checks and balances that prevents any single corporate constituency from acquiring overriding power or influence.
Course description Week 1: Fundamental Concepts of Corporate Governance
Week 2: The Legal Foundations of Corporate Governance
Week 3: Politics and Culture as Drivers of Corporate Governance
Week 4: The UK Corporate Governance Code and the Stewardship Code
Week 5: The Board of Directors (1): Board Diversity
Week 6: The Board of Directors (2): Independent Directors
Week 7: The Board of Directors (3): Board-level Employee Representation
Week 8: The Gatekeepers: Auditors and Corporate Lawyers
Week 9: Shareholder Activism
Week 10: Proxy Advisors
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the online learning team at
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of up to 4,000 words (60%); one individual assignment (20%); a portfolio of contributions made to weekly online discussions throughout the semester (20%).

Requirements for all course assessments will be outlined to students within the individual courses at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to obtain formative feedback over the course of the semester. The feedback provided will assist students in their preparation for the summative assessment.

Details of the School's feedback policy will be available at the start of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the meaning and relevance of the main concepts and theories of corporate governance
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the role and responsibilities of directors, shareholders and other corporate stakeholders
  3. 3. Analyse the effects of corporate scandals and crises on corporate governance codes and principles of good practice
  4. Demonstrate key research, writing and communication skills
Reading List
A detailed list of key resources will be available at the start of the course.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:

1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the course, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another's arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online learning.
KeywordsCorporate governance,board of directors,corporate governance codes,shareholder activism
Course organiserDr Remus Valsan
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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