Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Legal Environments in Business

 Title Abbreviation:   LEGAL ENVIRON IN BUSINES

 Department:    BUS

 Course #:    450

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    520201

 EPC:    502

 REV:    2018


 Course Description  

Analyze the origins and development of law and its role in society. Survey legal rights and remedies, courts and court procedures, torts, contracts, and criminal law as it relates to the business and managerial world. Critical thinking skills are developed by the required analysis, writing summaries of court rulings and opinions and through an in-depth research paper on current legal issues in business.

 Prerequisite  

Admission to BASAM program and BASAM Director permission.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory N/A  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the historical and constitutional foundations of the law and the basic components of the legal system, including government regulation, structure, and function of federal and state law.
  2. Describe the principals of international law.
  3. Analyze and assess tort and contract cases across a range of business sectors and function.
  4. Explain the lifecycle of a business including corporate governance and legal aspects of business financing.
  5. Debate the evolution, commercial application, and societal implications of current and emerging topics in the business legal and regulatory environment such as trends in employment, environment and cyberspace.
  6. Identify and evaluate the business implications of current legal issues.
  7. Demonstrate awareness of the inherent tension between legal obligations, public opinion, ethical behavior, business objectives and social responsibility.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. Historical and constitutional foundations of the law and the basic components of the legal system, including government regulation, structure, and function of federal and state law.
  2. Principals of international law.
  3. Tort and contract cases across a range of business sectors and function.
  4. The lifecycle of a business including corporate governance and legal aspects of business financing.
  5. Evolution, commercial application, and societal implications of current and emerging topics in the business legal and regulatory environment such as trends in employment, environment and cyberspace.
  6. Awareness of the inherent tension between legal obligations, public opinion, ethical behavior, business objectives and social responsibility.