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This unit offers you an opportunity for critical reflection on corporate governance mechanisms in the Australian legal terrain. It is designed to develop critical evaluative skills to enhance effective governance performance of bodies and individuals in corporate entities. The aim of the unit is to facilitate an innovative and integrated understanding of legal mechanisms and practices inherent in the governance of corporations, in their various forms, in the commercial and social settings. You will be covering six main topics, including:

  • Acquainting with the law of corporate governance
  • Regulation, management and control of corporate bodies
  • Formative roles of the board, management and members
  • Contemporary corporate governance issues
  • Sustainability and corporate social responsibility
  • Critical reflection on corporate governance in the Australian legal terrain

SCU Lecturer, John Orr on the The Law of Corporate Governance unit.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the underlying themes, issues and key legal principles relating to corporate governance
  • Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems in the law of corporate governance
  • Apply critical judgment including analysis, reasoning and appropriate directed research to the law of corporate governance
  • Identify and comment on the policy issues which arise in various topics, including the need for law reform where the law is considered deficient
  • Show an ability to learn and work independently within broad parameters as defined by the assessment requirements, which are the capacity to find, access, manage and evaluate sources of information relevant to the law of corporate governance
  • Demonstrate the capacity to communicate appropriately and effectively, expressed in well-written, clear and logical language that is supported with appropriate references.

Unit assessor

Mr John Orr Lecturer in Corporate Law and Equity and Trusts with the School of Law and Justice.


  • Short written response - 10%
  • Report - 40%
  • Quiz - 10%
  • Exam: take home - 40%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Laws (Business Law)Master of Business Law and Graduate Certificate in Business Law.   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.