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Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Global Decision-making - BLAW 8301

Course Length: 8 weeks

This course presents a legal and ethical study of business, its origin and its developing impact on society. You will examine the judicial system and the cost of litigation versus alternative dispute resolution techniques. You will focus on current issues at both the federal and state level, as well as contracts, tort, product liability, deceptive trade, property, business enterprises employment and international law.

Coursework Highlights

Coursework is designed for engagement and collaboration. Here is an example of just some of the assignments and projects you will complete as part of BLAW 8301.

  • Create an executive summary of a recent or current law review article to share with the class.
  • Discuss recent legal cases and their impact.

Weekly Themes

Throughout the course, each week focuses on a different theme and subsequent series of objectives. All group discussions and coursework will align with that week’s theme, as well as its primary objectives.

Week 1 – Law, Ethics and Making Business Decisions

During week 1, you will be provided an overview of the U.S. judicial system. Coursework covers various sources of law, classification of laws, our court system and a brief look at how laws shape how we function in society. You will also explore the relationship between law and ethics. Various ethical paradigms will be introduced, concluding with a look at how ethics impacts business decision-making.

Week 2 – Dispute Resolution and Regulating Business

In week two you will be introduced to the state and federal court system, as well as explore the role Congress plays in regulating business and passing laws affiliated with business activity. You will also examine the powers granted to states to pass similar laws, but under a different authority.

Week 3 – Torts, and Civil and Criminal Law

In week three you will focus on the concept of tort law and how it compares to the concept of negligence. This will allow you to decipher against intentional tort and negligence. You will also study the difference between civil and criminal law.

Week 4 – Midterm Exam (Chapters 1 though 6)

Week four is the midpoint on the course where you will complete a midterm exam on material covered in week’s one, two and three. This will cover chapter’s one through six.

Week 5 – Intellectual Property and Contract Formation

In week five you will focus on intellectual property, contract law and the role they play in business. At the completion of this week you will have a robust understanding of the various types of contracts and ways that a business can help protect its intellectual capital.

Week 6 – Contract Performance and Product Liability

This week, week six, introduces you to contract remedies. You will study the ramifications associated when one does not perform to the parameters of the contract. You will also cover product and strict liability.

Week 7 – Employment Law and Discrimination

In week seven, you will learn about agency law, as well as employment discrimination. Upon conclusion you will have a solid understanding of how organizations can be held liable for the contracts and torts of its employees.

Week 8 – Final Exam

Week eight marks the conclusion of the course. Your studies will culminate with a final exam that will cover material covered in the course to date.

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