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IB98U - Corporate Governance

  • Module code: IB98U
  • Module name: Corporate Governance
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of the course is to provide a broad introduction to corporate governance, incorporating legal, accounting, financial and economic dimensions. The module will then go on to develop students understanding of how various corporate governance mechanisms affect the behaviour and value of the firm both theoretically and empirically. By placing governance reforms into their political and social contexts, students will develop their critical awareness of the reform process and its potential outcomes.

Principal learning outcomes

"Subject knowledge and understanding: Demonstrate a thorough and advanced understanding of the theories and principles underpinning corporate governance and its reform; Discuss the theoretical and practical development of international corporate governance, taking into account political and cultural influences on this process; Recognise and appreciate how various corporate governance mechanisms operate in theory and critically evaluate their effects in practice; Demonstrate the ability to critically describe cases of corporate governance failure and their impact on stakeholders and future regulation.Key skills:Conduct self-directed research into selected topics using university research resources; Clearly communicate research findings and ideas to a peer group.Cognitive skills: Integrate the theories and principles underpinning corporate governance with views of the social and political context of reform; Apply this synthesised knowledge to develop predictions about future reform and the impact of current reform upon the behaviour of managers, firms, regulators and markets; Debate the role and responsibility of business in society. Subject specific skills: Contribute to debates about best practice in corporate governance and the role of the organisation in society; Analyse issues relating to international development and harmonisation of corporate governance; Explain potential unintended consequences of governance reforms."

Timetabled teaching activities

Total contact hours: 27 hours; Lectures per week: 2 hours; Seminars per week: 1 hour.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IB98U-15)
A (Assessed work only) Individual Assignment (2500 words) 60%
  Group presentation and Group report (2000 words) 40%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Marketing) (N1B0) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Consulting) (N1B4) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Consulting) (N1B4) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Business (Accounting & Finance) (N1C2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught (Financial Management) (N1C3) - Year 1
  • MSc in Finance (N300) - Year 1
  • MSc in Finance (N300) - Year 2