Introductory Business Law

Faculty
Commerce & Business Administration
Department
Business Law
Course Code
BLAW 1320
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
The course will conduct a general review of the meaning, sources and administration of business law, and in particular, will provide in-depth coverage of the law of contracts and the law of torts. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the key aspects of business organizations and the law of real property. The course will also consider legislation regulating business and recent and relevant changes in Canadian law that may potentially affect the business climate. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 1320 will not get further credit for this course.
Course Content
  1. Introduction to the field of law and the administration of justice
  2. Sources of Canadian and British Columbia law
    1. distinction between private and public law
    2. Acts of the Canadian Parliament and the provincial legislatures (emphasis on British Columbia)
    3. Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    4. subordinate legislation including by-laws and government regulations
    5. the court process, case law, and judicial precedent
  3. Law of Torts
    1. general principles including liability insurance, vicarious liability and alternative compensation schemes
    2. intentional torts including assault, battery, false imprisonment, trespass, and invasion of privacy
    3. business torts including nuisance, occupier's liability, defamation, injurious falsehood, deceit, unlawful interference with economic relations, and conspiracy
    4. the tort of negligence including duty of care, breach of standard of care, causation of harm, and the available defences
  4. Law of Contracts
    1. nature of a contract
    2. elements of a contract
      1. mutual agreement (offer, acceptance, and invitation to treat)
      2. capacity of the parties
      3. legal consideration and its exceptions
      4. the concept of privity of contract and its exceptions including assignment
    3. terms of a contract
      1. express terms and implied terms
      2. conditions and warranties
    4. grounds of impeachment
      1. misrepresentation
      2. incapacity
      3. illegality
      4. mistake
      5. duress, undue influence, and unconscionable transactions
    5. discharge and breach of contract
      1. discharge by performance
      2. discharge by agreement
      3. discharge by frustration
      4. discharge by breach
    6. contractual remedies
      1. damages
      2. specific performance
      3. injunctions
  5. Law of Real Property
    1. Interests in Land
  6. Business Organizations
    1. Sole proprietorships
    2. Partnerships and Limited Partnerships
    3. Corporations


           

Methods Of Instruction

Lectures, videos, analysis of legal issues, discussion of legal cases, case assignments, and/or group activities.

Means of Assessment
Term examinations (2) 30 - 40%  
Mid-semester examination 20 - 25%
Final examination 25 - 35%

Class participation and/or assignments and/or quizzes

 

  5 - 10%

100%

 

 

 

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to:

  • describe the structure of the Canadian legal system;
  • identify the basic principles of common law and statute law that apply to most business situations. Although the course is not designed to make the student a lawyer, it will provide the student with sufficient background and sophistication to understand circumstances that require a lawyer;
  • recognize the main aspects of the Canadian judicial system including the sources of law, the levels and roles of courts in the judicial system, and the basic elements of the court process;
  • set out the difference between common law, statute law, administrative law, and criminal law;
  • explain the methods by which legal precedents are established and applied;
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the law of contracts, its principles and application to various business situations;
  • describe the basic principles of tort law and identify many of the important common law torts, especially torts that arise in the business context;
  • summarize the different interests relating to real property;
  • identify the different forms of business organizations and the benefits and drawbacks associated with each type; and
  • relate legal principles to economic, political and social situations that may arise in the business world. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textbook Materials

McInnes, Kerr, and VanDuzer, Managing the Law: The Legal Aspects of Doing Business Latest Edition, (Toronto: Pearson Education Canada), or

Other textbook(s) as agreed upon by the Business Law Department, and

Additional cases and/or readings as per the Instructor's discretion. 

Requisites

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses.

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

Requisite for

BUSN 3720 Business Law for Accountants

BUSN 3730 Law for Finance Professionals

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX COMM 1XX (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Athabasca University (AU) AU LGST 2XX (3); DOUG BLAW 1320 (3) & DOUG BLAW 3730 (3) = AU LGST 369 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO BUS 276 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BADM 107 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) DOUG BLAW 1320 (3) & DOUG BLAW 3710 (3) = CMTN BLAW 152 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC LAW 294 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit 2020/09/01 to -
Columbia College (COLU) COLU BUSN 2nd (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit 2020/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU BUSI 1XXX (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG BUSM 1285 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) NIC BUS 221 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Northern Lights College (NLC) NLC MGMT 228 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BUS 1XX (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BLAW 2911 (3), OL; DOUG BLAW 1320 (3) & DOUG BLAW 3730 (3) = TRU BLAW 2910 (3) & TRU BLAW 3XXX (3) 2020/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BUSI 245 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO MGMT 2nd (3) 2020/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV COMM 2nd (3), Precludes credit for UBCV COMM 393. 2020/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC COMM 1XX (3) 2020/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BUS 261 (3) 2020/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC COM 302 (1.5) 2020/09/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) No credit 2020/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU LAWW 1st (3) 2020/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
16459
Tue Thu
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Fixter
Brian
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
12:30 - 14:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
16460
Tue Thu
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Fixter
Brian
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
16461
Mon Wed
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Sugg
Brian
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
16462
Tue Thu
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Durovic
Peter
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
14:30 - 16:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
16463
Mon
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
TBA
(Faculty)
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon
18:30 - 21:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
16464
Thu
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
TBA
(Faculty)
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Thu
18:30 - 21:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
16694
Fri
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Sugg
Brian
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available online at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Fri
12:30 - 15:20