Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Business Law

 Title Abbreviation:   BUSINESS LAW

 Department:    BUS&

 Course #:    201

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    520101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Introductory study of law, analyzing its origins, development and its role in society. The course surveys legal rights and remedies, courts and court procedures, torts, contracts and criminal law. Critical thinking skills are developed by analyzing and writing summaries of court rulings/opinions. Attending one court proceeding is required. Course required for business majors transferring to four-year schools.


Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

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:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU BUS241 Legal Environment of Business
WSU B Law 210 Law & Legal Environment of Business

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Know historical and constitutional foundations of the law
  2. Know and understand the basic components of the legal system
  3. Have a good basic knowledge of the law of torts and contracts
  4. Know the basic rules of government regulation
  5. Have a basic understanding of criminal law
  6. Know the structure and function of federal and state court systems
  7. Know the ethics and social responsibility associated with society and business
  8. Know the current status of cyberlaw
  9. Know and understand the nature of business organizations and their legal status
  10. Know the legal basics of agency and employment - discrimination - real and personal property
  11. Know the principles of international law

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

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 . . .
1.4 Evaluate issues (for example economic, legal, historic, social) surrounding the use of information.

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 . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

Course Contents

  1. Law history and constitutional foundations - Ethics and social responsibility - Courts and procedures - Torts - Contracts - Sales and leases - Uniform Commercial Code - Warranties - Product liability - consumer law - Negotiable instruments - Business organizations - Employment law - Real and Personal property law - International law in a Global Society