Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

Module description

This module aims to provide you with a thorough grounding in a number of key advanced topics of corporate governance theory, research and practice (including social responsibility).

Full module specification

Module title:Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
Module code:BEAM070
Module level:M
Academic year:2018/9
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Giovanna Michelon - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in a number of key advanced topics of corporate governance and social responsibility theory, research and practice; to develop their familiarity with and powers to criticise the academic literature; and to develop their ability to integrate and synthesise between topics in order to enter usefully into current debates and to suggest potentially fruitful avenues for development.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. List, describe, explain, relate, compare and contrast: Alternative definitions / conceptualisations of governance; Different contexts, rationales and drivers for corporate governance; Alternative paradigms in governance research; Different mechanisms for corporate governance; Alternative corporate governance frameworks and requirements; The different elements of economic, social, environmental and ethic responsibility; The different elements and aspects of corporate disclosure; Alternative mechanisms for executive compensation.
  • 2. Cite, explain, select and apply appropriate models to suggest solutions to problems in: Development of corporate governance frameworks and requirements; Case (company) specific corporate governance and disclosure issues; The cost and value-relevance of corporate governance.
  • 3. Derive, criticise and challenge models for: Development of corporate governance frameworks and requirements; Evolution of corporate governance frameworks in comparison to evolution of financial accounting and reporting requirements.
  • 4. List, explain and criticise the key extant academic research upon module topics, including comment on context, research question(s), methodological approach, data, results, conclusions, achievement of objectives, and possible avenues for extension and improvement.
  • 5. Integrate and synthesise between module topics to discuss the key issues in corporate governance and social responsibility theory, research and practice; comment on the associated current debates; and suggest potentially fruitful directions for development.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 6. Develop powers of research in the academic literature and texts.
  • 7. Develop powers of academic literature criticism.
  • 8. Apply and criticise governance models.
  • 9. Develop powers of integration and synthesis to suggest potentially fruitful questions.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 10. Critically evaluate theoretical arguments and empirical evidences.
  • 11. Use appropriate learning resources.
  • 12. Structure and present ideas and arguments effectively in writing.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours18Lectures
Contact hours2Revision lectures
Contact hours9Workshop classes

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Workshop classes3 hours preparation by student / 1 hour in-class discussion1-12In class

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework test201 hour1-12Mark awarded. Indicative answers posted online.
Examination802 hours1-12Formal (departmental/University channels)

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Coursework test and examExamination (100%) 2 hours1-12Aug/Sep

Syllabus plan

  • The various attempts to define governance
  • The context, rationale and drivers for corporate governance: social, economic and legal
  • The place of corporate governance in the regulatory framework
  • History and evolution of the corporate governance framework in the UK
  • Comparison of alternative international corporate governance frameworks
  • Adherence to requirements of the corporate governance framework
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Institutional investors and shareholder activism
  • Corporate reporting and corporate governance
  • Executive compensation
  • Review

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

A selection of book parts, including readings from:

  • Mallin, C. 2015. Corporate Governance, 5th Edition, Oxford University Press
  • Solomon, J. 2014. Corporate Governance and Accountability, 4th Edition, Wiley
  • Bebbington, J., Unerman, J. and O’Dwyer, B. 2014. Sustainability Accounting and Accountability, 2nd Edition, Routledge

A selection of academic journal articles will be indicated via the ELE.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

The Revised Combined Code on Corporate Governance and other materials via FTSE4GOOD materials at,

The International Corporate Governance Institute at

BoardEx, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and MSCI, all available through the Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS).

Indicative learning resources - Other resources


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