Business Law 203

BLAW 203: Legal Environment of Business (GE)

Credit Hours: (3)

This course provides a survey of the legal system of the United States of America. Civil procedure, tort law, administrative law and criminal law are briefly surveyed. Areas of the law studied in more depth include contracts, government regulation, international law and agency. Business ethics and diversity are emphasized in much of the topical coverage. (Does not include coverage of the Uniform Commercial Code.)

Note(s): General Education and Applied Learning designated course.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

A survey of the role and structure of the legal system of the United States of America. Civil procedure, tort law, administrative law, and criminal law briefly surveyed. Areas studied in more depth include contract law and agency.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Primarily a lecture/discussion course, with classroom participation and presentations expected of the students. Instruction is augmented by outside readings and case applications at the discretion of the instructor.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

This course is designated as L (Applied Learning) Area and fulfills the learning goal: To explore professional practice through the application of knowledge, skills, and critical reflection. Students will fulfill the learning outcomes in this area: apply acquired knowledge and skills to develop professional identity or professional practice and critically reflect on their learning, abilities, experiences, or role within professional contexts. This course may be applied to the REAL Studies Minor Applied Learning.

Having successfully completed the course, the student will be able to:

·         identify the different courts within the state and federal systems

·         differentiate the roles of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government in regulating organizations and shaping the "law of the land"

·         identify basic procedural maneuvers in the trial and appellate processes

·         identify the basic Constitutionally guaranteed rights of a person or organization

·         identify the three branches of tort law and differentiate the extent of liability under each category

·         determine at what point in contract discussions and negotiations a binding agreement is formed

·         identify the basic remedies for breach of contract

·         identify the different theories by which a person can be held legally responsible for contracts made or torts committed by his or her agents

·         identify the role and power of administrative agencies in the regulation of business

·         identify the basic sources of international law and legal enforcement mechanisms available in an international setting

Assessment Measures

Graded assignment may include in-class tests, a final examination, pop quizzes, the assignment and presentation of problem exercises, papers, and class preparation and participation.


Other Course Information

This course is designated as a General Education course.


Review and Approval

September 2001 Reviewed Dr. Dan Davidson, Chair

March 01, 2021