2020-2021 Catalog 
    Oct 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

BSA 237 - Legal Environment of Business

Description: Examination of legal framework governing rules of conduct among businesses and impact on establishing business policy.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:

  1. The American legal system

a. The origin of the American system of jurisprudence
b. Sources of American law
c. Various legal systems

  1. Courts and procedures

a. Court systems: federal and state
b. The judicial decision-making process
c. Courts as lawmakers
d. Alternative dispute resolution methods

  1. Ethics

a. Legal ethics
b. Business ethics
c. Ethical analysis

  1. Common law and business

a. Criminal law

1. Sources of criminal law
2. Constitution and criminal law
3. Business and crimes

b. Torts

1. Theories and background of torts
2. Competitive torts
3. Product liability

c. Contracts

1. Concepts and background
2. Statutory modifications
3. Applications

d. Private Property

1. Concepts
2. Regulations

  1. Constitutional law and business

a. Introduction
b. Businesses and the Constitution
c. Commerce clause

  1. Statutory and regulatory environment of business

a. Administrative agency: overview
b. Legal nature of business entities
c. Labor/management relations
d. Employment law
e. Antitrust
f. Security regulations
g. Federal Trade Commission
h. Consumer protection law
i. Environmental law
j. Franchising law
k. Legal environment for international business

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop a basic knowledge of the legal environment of private (profit and nonprofit) and public organizations
  2. Be acquainted with current ethical and legal problems confronting private and public organizations.
  3. Develop an appreciation of the origins of legal institutions, legal procedure, various methods of resolving disputes, and the functions of the law as a system of social and political thought and action.