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International Corporate Governance

Module code: ACFI 5029

Module description

This module aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in a range of advanced topics in corporate governance. In particular, the module seeks to introduce and develop students' ability to critically evaluate a wide range of concepts, principles, theories, models, systems, mechanisms, reforms, regulations and research in corporate governance. The module is delivered with a strong international or comparative emphasis and targeted at postgraduate students in accounting, finance, business and management. The ultimate rationale is to provide students with international view of, and knowledge in, CG theory, research and practice. In particular, explicit efforts will be made at striking a fair balance between theory and practice in the delivery of the module. Specifically, the following areas will be covered:

  1. Defining corporate governance and differences in national and international corporate governance models, codes and theories
  2. Corruption, corporate and managerial behaviour and CG
  3. Corporate boards, directors, and executive compensation
  4. Sustainability and stakeholder approach to CG
  5. Institutional investors, auditing, ethics, and responsibility
  6. Research on corporate governance

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 24 hours
  • Seminars/workshops: 12 hours


  • 4000-word individual essay: 50%
  • Group presentation: 50%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books