Become privy to the ins-and-outs of corporate governance. Examine how it has evolved, where responsibilities and accountability lie, and what consequences it has on shareholders, managers and directors of publicly-held companies. Content will also cover global business environments and their relationship to governance procedures.

Upon completing the unit, you’ll develop a deep understanding of corporate social responsibility and how to best apply it as a manager, in a way that supports and drives business outcomes.

In this unit, you will study:

  • The evolution of modern corporate governance
  • Company structure, the roles and responsibilities of directors and the board
  • Shareholders, stakeholders and ownership structures
  • Acting unethically: The anatomy of failure – Enron and HIH
  • Board knowledge and the importance of codes of ethics
  • A framework for board activities, board and committee structures
  • Board styles, board review and appraisal, and board development
  • Strategy formulation, policy making and measuring management performance
  • Corporate governance in the global business environment
  • Corporate governance in SME and start-up companies
  • Corporate governance in diverse organisational settings
  • Corporate social responsibility and global behaviour

Learning outcomes

  • Integrate advanced theoretical corporate knowledge across a range of disciplines drawing from internationally significant business cases
  • Critically apply advanced theoretical and technical corporate governance knowledge and skills to solve emerging and/or advanced corporate governance problems
  • Demonstrate the capacity to exercise judgement under minimal supervision to solve emerging and/or advanced corporate governance problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives
  • Justify and communicate corporate governance advice, guidance and ideas in complex collaborative contexts involving both professionals and non-professionals in the corporate governance field


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Short written response: 5%
  • Case study: 25%
  • Case study: 30%
  • Exam (closed book): 40%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering Management or Master of Project Management.


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.