Accounting and Finance

Corporate Governance and Ethics

Module code: N1622
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Take away paper

The economic and financial aspects of corporate governance relationships have long been of concern to those in the business and investment communities, and in recent years the social, political and ethical aspects of these relationships have also become a major public concern. This module aims to provide an in-depth knowledge of the key concepts, theoretical perspectives and mechanisms of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. The module has been designed to enable students to understand how good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility affect firm performance and enhance socially investment decisions taken by different stockholders.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand, and analyse the evolution of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility including key models and theories such as agency and stakeholder perspectives.
  • Critically assess the role and effectiveness of corporate governance mechanisms including the role of institutional investors in controlling managerial behaviour and enhancing firm value.
  • Evaluate the importance of socially responsible investment within investment community.
  • Discuss current research on corporate governance and evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data to make own judgement.