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International Corporate Governance - LAW00002M

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  • Department: The York Law School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Jay Cullen
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22

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, and outside investors and critically assesses their various roles, powers and identity. 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
Essay 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be provided in seminars and on assessments in line with University deadlines.

Indicative reading

Essential Reading

R. Kraakman et al.,The Anatomy of Corporate Law (OUP, 2nd Edn. 2017)

L.Talbot, Critical Company Law (Routledge, 2015)

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

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.