Module code: LAWM082

Module Overview

The course explores legal concepts in corporate law, and the wider debates and concerns surrounding them.  It analyses the impact of reforms under the UK Companies Act 2006, and promotes discussion of the policy approach to corporate law prevailing in the UK and a number of other jurisdictions.  Key elements include an analysis of the scope of limited liability and modern debates surrounding this concept and the capitalisation of the company; the regulation of relationships between members of the company inter se, and between the company, its owners and managers; and the principles and policies relevant to the protection of investors, shareholders and the company.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

JAMES T Mr (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: M221

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Corporate legal personality
Limited liability
Constitutional relationships
The significance of capital
Shareholder rights
Minority protection regime
Directors’ duties
Approaches to investor protection

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3,000 WORD COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their conceptual and critical understanding of the subject, through their mastery of core principles and authorities, evaluation of relevant law and policy, development of research capabilities, and construction of independent arguments.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

1 x 3,000 words coursework assessment, due end of Semester 1 (January)

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive feedback on their performance during the module through verbal feedback in seminars, individual consultation with the module convenor and formative coursework exercise undertaken during the teaching term.

Module aims

  • To provide an understanding of the role and relevance of key features of the corporate form
  • To provide an understanding of the relationships between the main actors in the corporate context, and their regulation
  • To introduce students to the theoretical and policy considerations underlying relevant legal rules
  • To enable students to consider the implications of legal rules from the perspective of their enforcement

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Display an understanding of the core principles of corporate law KCP
002 Identify and discuss key legislative provisions of UK and overseas corporate law KCP
003 Demonstrate a critical awareness of relevant policies, principles and authorities KCP
004 Consider the workings of corporate law in a wider economic and social context KCP
005 Show an awareness of the comparisons that may be drawn between jurisdictions, particularly those in the common law tradition KCP
006 Conduct research using primary and secondary sources PT
007 Identify relevant materials and apply them appropriately in addressing significant issues in the area of corporate law PT
008 Engage in a critical evaluation of law and policy PT
009 Construct a principled argument and to offer an assessment of alternative views PT
010 Develop independent investigation skills and the ability to master detailed arguments PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Seminar Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to be student-led with the module convenor acting as a facilitator of discussions. Seminars are designed to be interactive so as to promote student-centred learning. Thus, students will be expected to have researched topic areas and to apply that research when discussing key issues and developments. Students will also be asked to prepare presentations on particular topics at the sessions. The critical ability of students in understanding and discussing key issues will be encouraged and fostered.

The teaching and learning strategy is accordingly designed to promote skills in critical analysis. It is also designed to stimulate independent and private study using a variety of primary and secondary sources so as to develop an acute understanding of the subject.

The learning and teaching methods include 2 hour weekly seminars x 11 weeks.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for CORPORATE LAW :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Commercial Law LLM 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.