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LAWS17-719: Comparative Corporate Governance


Comparative Corporate Governance is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students who have completed Companies Law may be permitted to enrol. Using interactive class discussion among the students, facilitated by the instructor, this subject will examine the concepts of the firm, corporation and corporate group, the thematic history of corporate laws, and corporate governance.  Jurisdictions used for comparative purposes will include Australia, the UK, New Zealand, the US, Germany, Japan, China, Singapore and Korea, and possibly other Asian and European models.  Among the corporate governance themes to be examined are directors powers and duties, composition of the board, the ‘profession’ of director, corporate social responsibility (CSR), shareholder activism, governance scandals and the significance of governance in the modern age as well as the purpose of corporations in the 21st century.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: LAWS17-719
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950.00
  • Commencing in 2024: $4,260.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260.00
  • Commencing in 2024: $5,730.00

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand, identify and explain pertinent legal issues in comparative corporate governance.
  2. Apply relevant aspects of law to issues in comparative corporate governance.
  3. Reflect upon, critique, analyse and evaluate relevant legal rules.
  4. Communicate clearly and coherently orally and in writing.
  5. Review relevant legal rules and assess their merits; analyse the law and develop themes and commentaries in comparative corporate governance.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.