Corporate Governance and Sustainability - BUSN9059

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Aydin Ozkan checkmark-circle


The module provides the knowledge required to understand issues in corporate governance and business ethics. Indicative topics are as follows:
• Corporate governance
• Shareholder versus stakeholder view of the firm
• Board of directors
• Role of institutional investors
• Performance and renumeration
• Corporate purpose and corporate communications
• Ethics and corporate social responsibility
• Key ethical theories and practical ethical reflections


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Individual report (2000 words) (50%)
Individual Project (2000 words) (50%)

Reassessment method:
100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Monks, R. A. G. and Minow, N. (2011) Corporate Governance, 5th Edition. (ISBN: 978-0470972748)
Edmans A. (2020) Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit, Cambridge University Press. (ISBN: 978-1108494854)
Griseri, P. and Seppala, N. (2010) Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, 1st Edition. (9781408007433)
Ferrell O.C., Fraedrich, J., and Ferrell, L. (2019) Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making & Cases, 12th Edition. (ISBN: 9781337614436)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- demonstrate critical awareness and understanding of the purpose, importance and relevance of corporate governance and corporate ethical behaviour to organisations and society;
- critically evaluate the practice and implementation of corporate governance, including board structure and independence, in business organisations worldwide;
- critically evaluate the role of institutional investors in promoting standards of good corporate governance and ethical policies in international context;
- critically evaluate, analyse and apply a variety of ethical paradigms to corporate governance issues.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- demonstrate critical thinking;
- select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material;
- demonstrate problem solving ability;
- plan, work and study independently;
- conduct in-depth research into issues on corporate governance and business ethics;
- identify, find, record, organise and manipulate relevant knowledge;
- communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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