Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essays (100%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,895.00
International 3,145.00

Issues of governance and ethical dealings by organisational management are seen by those who interact with them as being of critical importance to their ongoing relationship with an organisation. This unit provides an introduction to the theoretical, conceptual and ethical issues which impinge on the way in which corporate directors and managers work, solve problems and interact with their employees, shareholders, clients, government and statutory agencies and the community at large. The nature of governance will be examined against a background of ethical theory and how ethical perspectives influence decision-making will be discussed. The point of profit and the relationship of corporations to the wider community, particularly in the global context, will be critically examined, as well as the question of the responsibilities corporations and their executives have to their stakeholders. Consideration will be given to the way in which corporate governance can foster the growth of ethical organisations.

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:                          

  1. understand the nature of the corporate form of organisation
  2. understand and appreciate the history of corporate governance
  3. understand the theoretical perspectives on corporate governance
  4. evaluate the impact of Enron on corporate governance reform
  5. assess the effectiveness of corporate governance reform in Australia
  6. understand the elements and effect of external governance
  7. analyse the role played by financial reporting in corporate governance
  8. describe the role of boards of directors in the governance system
  9. analyse the role of risk management as a corporate governance issue
  10. assess the impact of the stakeholder approach to corporate governance and comment critically on the quality and effectiveness of corporate governance at a selected ASX top 50 company.
  • Essays (100%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introducing Corporate goverance
2Managing and Governing
3Theories and Philosophies of Corporate Governance
4The Governance Partnership: Investors, Companies and Directors - and Compensation
5Board and Directors
6International Models of Corporate Governance
7Corporate Governance, Social Responsibility and Risk

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Corporate Governance


    ISBN: 9780198702757


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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