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ZUG2017 – Corporate governance

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2018

15 Credits


The major aim of this module is for students to gain vital knowledge and understanding of all aspects and principles of corporate governance in South Africa. The purpose for this module is to equip learners with the skills or abilities to interpret the significance of corporate governance in the business environment. This module is designed to aid scrutiny of the regulatory influences on the behaviour of corporate managers, information disclosure, board functions or structures, and the ethical effects on the economic, financial, managerial and environmental aspects of management. The module summarises diverse regulatory procedures and ethical practices vital to an understanding of the principle of corporate governance.


  • Discover the connection between business and ethics.
  • Analyse the general principles of company law and corporate governance and how they are correlated.
  • Identify the regulatory framework (statutory and common law) governing corporate governance in South Africa.
  • Critique the role of core values and ethics in an organisation.
  • Explain the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate social responsibility and the dilemmas associated with it.
  • Apply the King III Code of Governance to a business environment in accordance with the King III Report recommendations.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.


Corporations Law (ZUG1016)