Accountability and Ethics (991N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The module aims to develop your understanding of contemporary issues related to accountability and ethics in public and private sector organisations. Accountability and ethics issues are discussed from a political-economy context to provide insights into the interests of corporations and governments. The challenges involved in the pursuit of the often-conflicting objectives of shareholder wealth maximization and the interests of other stakeholders (e.g. governments, taxpayers, NGOs, banks) in society are critically examined.


25%: Lecture
75%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.