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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Offers an opportunity for critical reflection on corporate governance mechanisms in the Australian legal terrain. It is designed to develop critical evaluative skills to enhance effective governance performance of bodies and individuals in corporate entities. The aim of the unit is to facilitate an innovative and integrated understanding of legal mechanisms and practices inherent in the governance of corporations, in their various forms, in the commercial and social settings.

Unit content


Topic 1 – Acquainting with the law of corporate governance
Topic 2 – Regulation, management and control of corporate bodies
Topic 3 – Formative roles of the board, management and members
Topic 4 – Contemporary corporate governance issues
Topic 5 – Sustainability and corporate social responsibility
Topic 6 – Critical reflection on corporate governance in the Australian legal terrain

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Understand the underlying themes and issues and the key legal principles relating to corporate governance
2 Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems in the law of corporate governance
3 Apply critical judgment including analysis, reasoning, and appropriate, directed research to the law of corporate governance
4 Identify and comment on the policy issues which arise in various topics, including the need for law reform where the law is considered deficient
5 Show an ability to learn and work independently within broad parameters as defined by the assessment requirements. Included here is the capacity to find, access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to the law of corporate governance
6 Demonstrate the capacity to communicate appropriately and effectively, expressed in well-written, clear and logical language that is supported with appropriate references.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the underlying themes and issues and the key legal principles relating to corporate governance
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  2. Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems in the law of corporate governance
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    • GA4:
  3. Apply critical judgment including analysis, reasoning, and appropriate, directed research to the law of corporate governance
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    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. Identify and comment on the policy issues which arise in various topics, including the need for law reform where the law is considered deficient
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  5. Show an ability to learn and work independently within broad parameters as defined by the assessment requirements. Included here is the capacity to find, access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to the law of corporate governance
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    • GA4:
  6. Demonstrate the capacity to communicate appropriately and effectively, expressed in well-written, clear and logical language that is supported with appropriate references.
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    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • du Plessis J, Hargovan A and Harris J, 2018, Principles of Contemporary Corporate Governance , 4th, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781108413022.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.