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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module LAW53915: Multinational Corporations and the Law

Department: Law

LAW53915: Multinational Corporations and the Law

Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • to ensure that students:
  • (a) understand the main issues that arise in relation to the regulation of multinational corporations;
  • (b) are able to understand, and evaluate, current attempts to regulate such corporations.


  • the syllabus will cover the following:
  • evidence on, and causes of, the growth of multinational enterprise;
  • controversies about the economic and social role of multinationals;
  • the need for, and problems in achieving, the regulation of multinationals;
  • domestic regulation: examples, strengths and limitations;
  • multinational responses:
  • the role of the EU, OECD and UN;
  • strengths and limitations.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    • By acquainting students with the principal theories about the role of multinationals and the issues raised in their regulation.
    • By enabling students to acquire an understanding of the rules, principles, practices and institutions which are currently employed in the regulation of multinationals.
    • By enabling students to develop a critical evaluation of this regulatory framework.

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Seminars 8 Weekly 2 16
    Preparation and Reading 134
    Total 300

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Unseen written examination. Component Weighting: 100%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Unseen written examination. 2 hour 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    One student essay based on the student's class presentation.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University