LAW07067 0000 Governance and Compliance

General Details

Full Title
Governance and Compliance
Transcript Title
Govenance and Compliance
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Subject Area
LAW - Law
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
0000 - The Beginning of Time
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Breda McTaggart, Dr. Leonard Taylor, Esther Quinn
Programme Membership
SG_GLAWB_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Business

The module addresses Corporate Governance as a key part of the pursuit of proper and efficient practice in the administration of business entities today and examines the evolving worldwide growth in the development of codes of governance. The aim of this module is to develop the student's awareness and understanding a range of current governance and ethical issues in relation to business.

The role of Compliance is subject to ongoing and significant change, particularly in the financial services sector in Ireland.  This module aims to provide comprehensive knowledge of the area and role of compliance and regulation from an Irish and European perspective. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Evaluate the importance of corporate governance and best practice.  


Appraise the role and responsibilities of company directors and the legal and regulatory framework. 


Appraise the concepts of compliance and the role of the various regulatory bodies and the legal environment. 


Critically evaluate the importance of ethics in corporate governance and compliance.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is one which is founded on student-centered learning.  The module is designed to accommodate blended learning.  Module will be delivered with a combination of classroom, online learning and tutorials.  Students will receive feedback during the continuous assessment process. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment One: Mid Term MCQ (30%)

Assessment Two: Individual Essay (40%)

Assessment Three: Group Work (30%)

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Assessment based on failed components.

Indicative Syllabus


  • Theories and developments in Corporate Governance, identifying and evaluating best practice.
  • The role and responsibilities of the Board, Directors and Non-Executive Directors and the various committees 
  • Legislation and regulatory framework
  • Corporate culture


  • The purpose and concepts of Compliance 
  • The Role of the Compliance Officer 
  • Regulatory Bodies and Authorities in Ireland and Europe
  • The role of the board in overseeing compliance issues
  • Anti-Money Laundering Legislation  


  • Defining Ethics in business and examine national and international approaches to embed responsible ethical practices in modern companies
  • National, EU and international policy regulating responsible business ethics
  • Business ethics in practice – ethical decision making

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Group Work Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 10 1,2
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 30 % Week 6 3
3 Individual Essay Continuous Assessment Essay 40 % Week 12 4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified In Class Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Not Specified In Class Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2019 Corporate Governance Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 9780198809869 ISBN-13 0198809867

The most authoritative, complete, and critical guide to corporate governance.

Required Reading
2018-12-06 Corporate Governance Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 9780198806769 ISBN-13 0198806760

Written by leading subject expert Christine Mallin, Corporate Governance combines clear, accessible discussion of theory with a wealth of contemporary, global examples to introduce students to both the essential principles of the subject and how they apply in practice. In addition, broad coverage of international attitudes and approaches to governance allow students to develop a wider understanding of business issues in an increasingly globalized world. The complexities of socially responsible investment in Myanmar, L'Oreal's celebrated sustainability programme, and the leadership problems at South Korea's Samsung are just some of the new and updated case studies for the sixth edition, ensuring examples are not just relevant but topical too. In addition, Financial Times articles reporting on issues and events as diverse as the gender pay gap, shareholder rebellions, and legal action on climate change accompany chapters, providing further real-life examples of theory in practice. This book is accompanied by a range of online resources: For students: Fill-in-the-blank questions Flashcard glossary Corporate Governance Blog Web links For registered adopters: PowerPoint slides Additional case studies

Required Reading
2019-06 Business Ethics Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 9780198810070 ISBN-13 0198810075

How can you be an ethical corporate citizen in an increasingly complex, multiple-stakeholder world? This is the most pressing question facing businesses today, small and large, local and global. Business Ethics is a thorough yet accessible exploration of the main ethical theories and how these apply to the major stakeholders facing this question. Written from a truly international perspective and supported by diverse and innovative learning features, this book provides the tools and concepts necessary to understand and effectively manage ethical challenges wherever you are in the world. 'Key Concepts' and 'Think Theory' boxes ensure the essential ideas are straightforward to grasp but don't go unchallenged, while 'Ethics in Action' boxes and Case Studies illustrate these ideas at play in the working world. Step into the shoes of a decision-maker with 'Ethical Dilemma' boxes and hear from them first hand with new 'Practitioner Spotlight' boxes, which feature fascinating insights from real-life practitioners on how they manage ethical decisions and what skills they consider to be crucial to success. The fourth edition offers a wealth of new cases and examples as well as updates of favourites from previous editions, including features on AirBnB, TOMS, and McDonalds. Bespoke video interviews with the practitioners from the book and new multiple-choice questions enhance the online resources for students, while workshop and flipped classroom activity ideas support lecturers. In addition, content has been thoroughly updated across the book and online to reflect the latest developments and issues surrounding corporate citizenship, globalization, and sustainability. Award-winning, best-selling, and up-to-date; this is the textbook of choice for those wishing to excel in business ethics. The book is supported by an extensive range of online resources: For students: Practitioner Spotlight videos and web links Additional Case Study web links Additional Ethics in Action web links Addition Ethics on Screen web links Think Theory responses Film list Ethics career guide Further reading Multiple-choice questions For lecturers: VLE content PowerPoint slides Test bank Case bank Sample course outline Teaching notes for Case Studies Teaching notes for Ethical Dilemmas Teaching notes for Ethics in Action features Teaching notes for Ethics on Screen features Ideas for structured workshops

Required Reading
2018 Financial Services Law in Ireland
ISBN 0414052498 ISBN-13 9780414052499

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Faith Ntabeni Bhebe (2018)Corporate Governance and Entrepreneurship ISBN 1773610171 ISBN-13 9781773610177  

Jeffrey N. Gordon, Wolf-Georg Ringe( 2020) The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Law and Governance ISBN 0198743696 ISBN-13 9780198743699.

Journal Resources

Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society: 1472-0701 (print) 1758-6054 (online).

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