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Area/Catalogue
LAWS 3081

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
No

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Course ID
155742

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
No

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Timetable/s

This class has not been
timetabled for year 2020.

Course owner

Course owner
School of Law

Course aim

This course builds upon prior studies in the course Corporations Law A. The first half of the course will focus upon corporate governance principles and the range of common law and statutory duties of directors and officers. In regard to Listed Companies, it will examine the ASX Corporate Governance Council Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations and other soft law mechanisms. It will also look at the appointment, removal and disqualification of directors. In the second half of the course, it will examine remedies for misconduct available against directors by the company, by members of the company and by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. It will also discuss statutory defences available to directors and officers. This will be followed by a discussion of the derivative actions regime, the use of civil penalty orders, insolvent trading proceedings and the powers of the courts to make orders affecting directors and the company’s affairs.

Course content

An Introduction to corporate governance principles and the fiduciary duties of officers;
Duty of care and diligence and defences available to directors and officers;
Duties of directors to avoid conflicts of interest;
Duties of directors and officers to exercise their powers in good faith and for proper purposes;
Corporate governance during times of distress, including a discussion of the insolvent trading prohibition;
Removal and disqualification of directors;
Legal issues relating to executive remuneration and corporate performance;
Members’ remedies against directors;
Remedies available to the company and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission against directors;
Derivative action procedures and the use of Civil Penalty Orders;
Powers of the courts to issue injunctions and make remedial orders.

Textbook(s)

Harris J, Hargovan A & Adams M 2018, Australian corporate law, 6th ed, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood N.S.W.

Prerequisite(s)

Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
LAWS 3080 Corporations Law A

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, CITY WEST
Preparatory 1 x 1 week
Lecture 3 hours x 10 weeks
Tutorial 1 hour x 10 weeks
Lecture (Virtual) 3 hours x 10 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, CITY WEST
Research assignment 3500 words 50% n/a
Examination n/a 50% 2 hours

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 3)
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

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