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BUSN311 - Law and Ethics in the Business Environment

Course Details

Course Code: BUSN311 Course ID: 2939 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course develops skills for inquiry into the business environment from a legal and ethical perspective. Students explore the relationships between modern business and the environment, in addition to the ethical issues that arise when diverse interests intersect. Relevant topics will include contracts, commercial law (sales, secured transactions and creditors remedies), forms of business entities (including limited liability companies and corporations), agency, employer-employee relationships, real property concepts, bankruptcy, and negligence and strict liability concepts. Students will examine corporate governance and business ethics, with emphasis on case studies.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/22 - 09/02/22 09/05/22 - 10/30/22 Summer 2022 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/22 - 09/30/22 10/03/22 - 11/27/22 Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/22 - 11/04/22 11/07/22 - 01/01/23 Fall 2022 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/22 - 12/02/22 12/05/22 - 01/29/23 Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
07/25/22 - 12/30/22 01/02/23 - 02/26/23 Winter 2023 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives:

CO-1: Define the legal environment that is applicable to the business world.

CO-2: Review basic business law concepts.

CO-3: Describe the litigation system in the United States.

CO-4: Apply legal concepts to business scenarios.

CO-5: Analyze the differences between major forms of intellectual property protection, and current ethical issues that arise under intellectual property law.

CO-6: Identify antitrust issues in business decisions.

CO-7: Analyze what a contract is, how a contract is formed, the types of law that govern contracts, the elements of common-law contract formation, and defenses to contracts.

CO-8: Identify various forms of business structure.

CO-9: Evaluate employment laws affecting business.

CO-10: Define the ethical environment that is applicable to the business world.

CO-11: Identify means to avoid alter ego liability.

CO-12: Evaluate how the Sarbanes Oxley Act applies to business.

In addition to the eReserve, Required Readings for the course are listed in the Lessons under Addtional Readings. Other readings may be assigned in Discussions, Assignments, and otherwise by your instructor during the course. Students are responsible for ALL assigned readings, from all sources and locations provided to them for this course, and are also encouraged to do their own research for assigned projects.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.