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MANG6319 International Corporate Governance

Module Overview

Corporate Governance is an area that has grown rapidly in the last few years fuelled by high profile corporate collapses and financial crisis. The module builds on sound theoretical base to encompass the latest developments in the field worldwide. It takes an international approach to corporate governance, contextualising its development and providing a stimulating range of academic and empirical practitioner research, and topical case studies. It also introduces institutional and legal systems from both government and firm’s viewpoints that influence the effectiveness of corporate governance.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the nature of modern corporations and the social, economic, political and legal systems that govern them;
  • the financial economics foundation of corporate governance;
  • the similarities and differences across various national corporate governance systems;
  • the institutional and legal environment of corporate governance setting;
  • the regulations that govern corporate governance practice;
  • key pressures for reform in national corporate governance systems.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply financial economics theories to corporate governance issues and debate;
  • appreciate the role corporate governance on business success and failure;
  • appreciate some of the ethical issues that arise in relation to corporate activity.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • problem solve;
  • Written communication
  • Critical evaluation


• The nature of modern corporations and the evolution of corporate governance • Theories of corporate governance • Development of corporate governance codes and corporate governance rating • Directors and Board Structure • Compensation for directors • Institutional investors and family-owned business • Effectiveness of internal and external auditing • International corporate governance development

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures Learning activities include: The module will be taught through a range of methods such as lectures, indicated reading, group discussions, feedback from your own experience, analysis and interaction with each other, and exploration of case studies/academic journal papers and, where appropriate, videos. The learning environment provided will be highly interactive, meaning that in order for the course to be successful your contribution is as important as ours.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Mallin, C (2012). Corporate Governance. 

Journals. - Corporate Governance: An International Review - Journal of Finance - Journal of Accounting and Economics - Journal of Accounting Research - Journal of Financial Economics - Journal of Financial Research - Journal of Business Finance and Accounting - European Accounting Review - European Financial Management - Journal of Business Research

General Resources. 

Solomon J (2013). Corporate Governance and Accountability. 

Nordberg, D. (2011). Corporate Governance: Principles and Issues. 

Wearing. R (2011). Cases in Corporate Governance. 

Monks, R.A.G., and Minow, N. (2011). Corporate Governance. 



Individual reflection


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 50%
Group essay  (3000 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/recommended text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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