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SCC BUS 340 - Mom

This course is an introduction to law in its relationship to the environment of business. The course covers the American legal system as an instrument of economic, social, and political control. It stresses basic business torts, business crimes, contracts and sales transactions, agency, legal structures of business, government regulation, and property rights.


Pedagogical Approach

Instructor will use a variety of instructional methods including: lecture, videos, case studies, guest speakers, and role playing. Students will complete reading from the textbook and writing assignments, such as summarizing solutions for case problems, outside of class. In-class collaborative projects such as discussion groups that initiate debate and challenge opposing groups to form a consensus will be assigned. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • appraise the relationship between law and ethics.
  • explain the social, political, and ethical implications of the law and their application to actual and hypothetical business transactions, as well as operation of the court system and sources of commercial law.
  • analyze cases to identify issues and apply the appropriate legal rules to the fact patterns.
  • explain a corporation's legal structure, differentiate it from other forms of business organization, and explain the meaning of limited liability.
  • distinguish between torts and crimes and describe the purpose of criminal and tort law.
  • evaluate when a promise is enforceable, the elements of a contract, performance, and the remedies available in the event of a breach.
  • distinguish between contracts governed by the Uniform Commercial Code and those governed by the common law of contracts.
  • describe the relationship between state and federal systems, jurisdiction, and the importance of alternate dispute resolution methods.
  • describe the various agency relationships and the duties and liabilities of agents and principals.
  • describe the Constitutional basis for federal government regulation of business, including limits of government power.


Methods of evaluation may include quizzes, mid-terms, a final examination, student participation, written assignments, and "fact-pattern" analysis problems.

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