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Legal Perspectives on Governance


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Dr Arron Phillips
  • Assessment: a two-hour examination (100%)

Module description

In this module you will gain an understanding of the underpinning legal and regulatory frameworks that affect corporate governance and corporate responsibility. We will explore how both hard and soft rules help individuals and society hold organisations to account. We take a global approach to accountability and explore some of the issues and potential solutions that arise.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the differences between soft and hard law mechanisms
  • critically evaluate the value of different accountability mechanisms
  • critically appraise the role and functions of those who seek to hold organisations to account
  • demonstrate the capacity to take and apply different mechanisms to the range of organisations and situations that are faced
  • show critical insight into the problems that are faced by global organisations implementing such a mechanism and those who hold them to account.