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The corporate form and its issues (Module)

Module description

This module will provide students with a critical understanding of the corporate form in an international commercial context through an in-depth interrogation of the meaning and effect of separate legal personality. The module begins by analysing the legal origins of the corporate form in its most prevalent realisation, the limited liability company. At this stage, key aspects of Company Law such as asset partitioning and the veil of incorporation will be explored. The module goes on to examine a variety of regulatory challenges which have subsequently arisen. These include the difficulties connected with the protection of voluntary and involuntary company creditors on a domestic and international level, and the challenges of attribution more generally both in a civil and criminal context. The emergence of complex group structures will also be explored, with an ultimate focus on the intractable problems associated with the effective control of modern multinational enterprises. 

Staff information

Christopher Howard

Teaching pattern

Learning and teaching methods vary but may include watching video content, engaging in discussion forums, taking part in live chat/webinar sessions, self-directed activities, doing quizzes or working through interactive content designed to stimulate your thoughts and help you to apply knowledge.

You will be expected to undertake approximately 20 hours of study per week which may typically be broken down as follows:

  • Directed study - 2 (web content material including recorded video, text, graphics)
  • Other activity - 2 (1 hour live seminar and 1 hour of discussion board)
  • Self-directed learning and assessment work - 16 (including completing set tasks and reading, research, revision)

Module assessment - more information

A small percentage of your final module mark will be based on your participation in discussion forums, unless stated otherwise. The remaining percentage will typically be assessed by essay. 

Key information

Module code 7FFLP004

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No