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Ethical and Legal Topics in Business




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides students with an overview of the legal, ethical, and related statutory and regulatory environment in which businesses, organizations, and individuals within them function. After completion of this course, students will be able to understand the general structure of the court systems in the United States, describe the alternative means of resolving disputes and their respective advantages and disadvantages, evaluate the frameworks for regulatory compliance and corporate social responsibility, examine the principle areas of business law, and understand intellectual property rights.  



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Foundations of Law and Ethics

  • Describe the origins, purpose, and evolution of law in society and business.
  • Apply ethical principles to business decisions.

Entity Selection, Formation and Governance

  • Explain factors involved in selecting a business entity.
  • Compare the rights and duties of owners, directors, and officers within a corporation.

Agency Relationships, Labor and Employment

  • Evaluate various types of agency relationships and liability.
  • Analyze legal and regulatory requirements for employment, including liability for workplace discrimination.

Contracts and Intellectual Property

  • Discuss contract formation, performance, breach and remedies.
  • Compare types of intellectual property (IP) and the importance of IP as a valuable business asset.

The Regulatory and Global Environment of Business

  • Analyze the role and function of domestic and international regulatory agencies.
  • Evaluate U.S. securities laws and their role in protecting commercial markets and investors.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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