Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
MM11220 OR (EC10510 with EC10610) OR (EC10120 with EC10320)

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 20 lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 5 seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Unseen written examination  80%
Semester Assessment 1500 word essay  20%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Unseen written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

* Demonstrate an understanding of models and theories of business ethics;

* Assess the impact of corporate organisation and composition;

* Critically assess business behaviour and corporate social responsibility;

* Identify and critically analyse different models of corporate governance;

* Critically assess corporate governance practices in their European and international context;

* Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of corporate 'actors';

* Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical implications of various stakeholder relationships;

* Demonstrate a critical understanding of ethical codes, standards and practices;

* Demonstrate an understanding of ethics at work.

Brief description

The module aims to present issues of corporate governance arising from the separation of ownership and control in large corporations, combining this with the study of Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics, and Governance Regulation.


  • The different mechanisms and control models of corporate governance
  • The monitoring model of corporate governance
  • Role and function of gatekeepers
  • The dynamic aspect of corporate governance
  • Corporate risk management
  • Business behaviour and corporate social responsibility
  • Ethical codes, standards and behaviour
  • The regulatory environment
  • Development of governance codes and practices
  • Corporate governance and practices in its European and international context

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Treatment of numerical problems in tutorial exercises, and appropriate examination question.
Communication Tutorial class discussion and production and presentation of group assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance In preparation for, attending and participating in and reflecting on tutorial classes. Preparing and producing essay and eventual assessment in examination.
Information Technology Appropriate accessing of the internet for reference material, and use of word-processing skills in essay production.
Personal Development and Career planning Development of various personal and interpersonal skills, generally transferable in career terms, including initiative, independence and self-awareness - in addition to skills listed above
Problem solving Treated in lectures and applied in tutorials.
Research skills Obtaining, selecting, assimilating information from a variety of sources for use in tutorials, essay preparation and production and expanding on lecture material.
Subject Specific Skills Government policy issues and impact treated in lectures and tutorials.
Team work Group oriented tutorial tasks.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Crane, Andrew. (2004.) Business ethics :a European perspective : managing corporate citizenship and sustainability in the age of globalization /Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten. In addition, topical journal articles to be downloaded from electronic databases, Blackboard, and the internet. Oxford University Press Primo search Mallin, Christine (Feb. 2007) Corporate Governance 2nd ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Monks, R A G and Minow, N (2004) Corporate Governance 3rd Edition Blackwell Primo search Solomon, J (2007) Corporate Governance and Accountability 2nd edition Wiley Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6