BUSM 7019 Corporate Governance and the Global Environment

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200795

Coordinator Dominic Mcloughlin Opens in new window

Description Corporate governance is the set of processes, policies and laws affecting the way a firm is directed, administered or controlled. This subject examines corporate governance systems and how these may contribute to sustainable enterprise. Models of corporate governance are analysed, and decision-making processes are evaluated in various economic and social contexts. The subject also introduces the institutions of the legal system, with particular emphasis on domestic and international corporations law.

School Business

Discipline Business Management

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 8690 - Governance and Ethics

Incompatible Subjects LAWS 7009 - Commercial Law


Students must be enrolled in 2755 Master of Business Administration, 2762 Executive Master of Business Administration.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse corporate governance models and frameworks linked to responsible, accountable and transparent decision-making in organisations;
  2. Evaluate different international models of corporate governance, and appreciate how different socio-political ideologies, corporate structures, legislation, policies and relationships support those models;
  3. Argue the links between corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, ethics and sustainability;
  4. Articulate understanding of Australian legal institutions, and recommend processes for compliance with corporations law;
  5. Analyse corporations law from a comparative, i.e., international perspective, and recommend processes for compliance with international corporations law.

Subject Content

Corporate Governance, social responsibility and sustainability:
- Models of corporate governance, including strategic, monitoring and regulatory characteristics;
- Influence of socio-political ideologies on global corporate governance models;
- Corporate social responsibility and ethics frameworks in the global environment;
- Global economic contexts for sustainability.
Corporate Governance legal systems- Corporations law in Australia:
- International legal systems;
- Comparative Corporations law;
- Corporate governance and compliance;
- Corporate governance and due diligence.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay 1,000 words max. 30 N Individual
Case Study 1,000 words max. 30 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 40 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Clarke, T. (2012), International Corporate Governance, Routledge, UK.

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