Corporate Governance

LAW80008 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


HB7  HE Block 7

9 Oct 23 - 19 Nov 23

22 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
9 Oct 23

20 Oct 23

Last withdraw without fail:
3 Nov 23

Aims and objectives

New - Semester 2 2019

This unit examines the laws relating to corporate governance in Australia. It provides an introduction to the regulatory framework of corporate governance before focussing on the legal duties, responsibilities and powers of the key organs with a corporation: the company directors (board of directors); executive officers (management) and shareholders including the obligations that arise in the event of corporate insolvency. The discussion involves an examination of the role of the public regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, private litigation by shareholders and compliance within ASX listing rules and corporate governance principles and guidelines.

 Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Critically analyse corporate governance, accountability and compliance in relation the role of the company director
2. Critically analyse the operation of the Australian legislative and regulatory frameworks as they relate to compliance and risk in context of the role of the company director
3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of corporate governance and directors’ duties and critically evaluate existing legal theories, principles and concepts
4. Critically examine, research and analyse existing and emerging legal issues relating to corporate governance and directors’ duties
5. Proficiently communicate corporate governance principles and their application in industry contexts to a range of audiences and function cohesively as an effective leader or member of a group