Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW3043: Company Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to enable you to gain a detailed understanding and appreciation of many key topics in Company Law and to develop your legal skills of analysis and problem-solving.  Having completed the module you should understand the role of the company as a form of business enterprise and have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of its legal regulation.  The module aims to enable you to identify legal issues and problems arising through the life of a company, to consider and analyse areas of legal complexity and advise appropriately on legal resolution of problems.  The module covers topics ranging from the formation of a company, through the administration and management of a company, directors’ duties, shareholder remedies, corporate responsibility, and capital, to insolvency, liquidation and associated liabilities.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate understanding of the role of English company law (hereafter 'company law') and of companies within the English legal and business system;
2. demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal features of companies and company law within the key areas of (a) corporate form and structure; (b) ownership and control; (c) duties and remedies; (d) dealings with the outside world; (e) capital; (f) corporate insolvency;
3. identify, explain and critically assess/analyse issues arising in the key areas of company law and identify and apply relevant legal rules to those issues;
4. demonstrate ability to use comprehensive knowledge and understanding to deal with complex issues and problems arising in the key areas of company law, reach appropriate and reasoned conclusions and offer analysis/criticism of legal arguments;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. demonstrate ability to integrate and assess information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques;
6. demonstrate ability to select, integrate and present coherently and reflectively, relevant law and legal/theoretical arguments;
Personal and Key Skills7. demonstrate ability to manage relevant learning resources/ information/ learning strategies and to develop own arguments and opinions with minimum guidance;
8. communicate and engage in debate effectively and accurately in a manner appropriate to the discipline and context; and
9. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, with access to external sources, to complete a specified task.