LAW5017 - Advanced corporations law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7277


The unit builds on students' learning in the companion unit LAW5016 Principles of corporations law. This unit examines the role, functions and powers of the board of directors and the members in general meeting; the duties of directors and officers of corporations at common law, in equity and under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), and the range of equitable and statutory remedies available to shareholders who are aggrieved by the way in which the corporation is controlled and managed.

Legal rights, obligations and remedies are examined in the light of academic debates around corporate theory, including the relationship between directors and shareholders and the principles and theories of corporate governance.


At the successful completion of this Unit students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate the law relating to directors' duties and shareholder remedies in a broader regulatory, social or economic context, including contemporary developments in the law and its practice;
  2. identify, research, synthesise and evaluate relevant legal, factual and policy issues;
  3. demonstrate intellectual and practical skills to interpret and justify theoretical propositions, legal methods and conclusions;
  4. engage in critical analysis and make reasoned and appropriate choices among alternatives;
  5. exercise professional judgment in evaluating jurisprudential and practical considerations in corporations law issues;
  6. select, analyse, interpret and apply principles of corporations law to generate appropriate responses to complex legal issues embedded in factual scenarios; and
  7. communicate effectively and persuasively to specified audiences.


  1. Research assignment (3,000 words): 40%
  2. Final examination (2 hours+ 30 minutes reading time): 60%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 30 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.

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