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Ethics and Corporate Governance

Code: 2MiF09     Acronym: ECG

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Management Studies

Instance: 2020/2021 - 2S

Active? Yes
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Finance

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIF 56 Official Syllabus after 2020-2021 1 - 3 21 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Júlio Manuel dos Santos Martins

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 1,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,50
Júlio Manuel dos Santos Martins 1,50

Teaching language



The objective of the discipline is to develop the subject of Corporate Governance, an issue that has been gaining growing importance within Corporate Economics in general and Corporate Finance in particular, as well as to deal with the different aspects and imensions giving form to this important academic discipline.
Real world corporate governance cases will be studied and a systematic comparison will be made between the praxis of corporate governance and the concrete situations of corporate success and failure.

Learning outcomes and competences

Students are expected to obtain an effective understanding of the corporate governance problem, in all its implications, and also to exercise a capability for critical analysis of the real world corporate governance solutions.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

It is recommended that students possess a good knowledge background in Theory of Finance and Corporate Finance.


1  .  Principles of Corporate Governance
2  .  The Theoretical Foundations of Corporate Governance
3  .  Corporate Structures and Government Bodies
4  .  The Evolution of the Discipline of Corporate Governance
5  .  The Main Corporate Governance Models
6  .  Corporate Risks and the Social Dimension of Corporate Governance
7  .  Corporate Governance in Portugal
8  .  Case Studies

Mandatory literature

Bob Tricker; Corporate governance. ISBN: 978-0-19-960796-9

Teaching methods and learning activities

The tuition method consists in a combination of theoretically based tuition with the critical analysis of decision-making problems and situations, and the study of real world cases, but at national and international level.
The direct participation of students in the classroon is encouraged. Moreover, the class is organized into working groups, each one of which must submit an applied research work on a subject that will be proposed to tham.
The program of the discipline will exten through seven lectures divided in two parts. Each lecture will be object of a summary text and of an indication of specific readings.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Teste 50,00
Trabalho escrito 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 32,00
Frequência das aulas 21,00
Trabalho escrito 32,00
Total: 85,00

Eligibility for exams

Students are evaluated on a continuous basis, taking into consideration their work across the whole course, either in the form of theoretical or applied group assgnments or from their active participation during lectures. Moreover, every student will sit for a final performance evaluation exam.

Calculation formula of final grade

Students final marks will result from the weighted average of the partial marks assigned to the following factors: final exam: 50%; group assignment: 40%; attendance and participation in lectures: 10%.
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