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International Corporate Governance & Company Law - LAW00002M

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  • Department: The York Law School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Peter Harrison
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

This core module is designed to provide students with a theoretical framework in which to understand companies with particular focus on the governance and law of companies. It assesses the historical origins of core company law concepts such as the doctrine of separate corporate personality directors duties and directors authority and how these have shaped the company. Through the lens of corporate governance theories and theories of the company the module considers Anglo-American and West European corporate governance systems. It looks at key players in corporate governance the board of directors, shareholders, employees and civil society actors and critically assesses their various roles, powers and identity. In assessing transition and governance in former command economies it considers the significance of political, social and economic contexts. This part is designed to provide students with the conceptual tools with which to understand subsequent studies which involve the activities of companies. Throughout the module the normative question of what constitutes a progressive company in considered.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Critically assesses the various roles, powers and identity of key players in corporate governance
  • The conceptual tools to understand the activities of companies


Task Length % of module mark
Coursework 1 Exam Problem
N/A 70
Coursework 2 Critical Themes
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Coursework 1 Exam Problem
N/A 70
Coursework 2 Critical Themes
N/A 30

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Indicative reading

Essential Reading

LE Talbot Progressive Corporate Governance for the 21st Century (Routledge 2012)

LE Talbot Great Debates in Company Law and Governance (Palgrave 2014)

J.Lowry and A. Reisberg Pettets Company Law: Company Law & Corporate Finance (4th edition, Pearson, 2012)

Additional reading

Paul L. Davies and Sarah Worthington Gower and Davies Principles of Modern Company Law, 9th edition, (Sweet & Maxwell 2012)

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