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Introductory Business Law

Faculty
Commerce & Business Administration
Department
Business
Course Code
BUSN 1320
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
New Westminster
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.
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 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%

 

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to:

  1. describe the structure of the Canadian legal system;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. set out the difference between common law, statute law, administrative law, and criminal law;
  5. explain the methods by which legal precedents are established and applied;
  6. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the law of contracts, its principles and application to various business situations;
  7. describe the basic principles of tort law and identify many of the important common law torts, especially torts that arise in the business context;
  8. summarize the different interests relating to real property;
  9. identify the different forms of business organizations and the benefits and drawbacks associated with each type; and
  10. 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 such other textbook as agreed upon by the Business Law Instructors)

Additional cases and readings decided by the Instructor.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

Nil

Equivalencies

Nil

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
Acsenda School of Management (ASM) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = ASM BADM 301 (3) 2010/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Acsenda School of Management (ASM) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = ASM BL 3100 (3) 2006/01/01 to 2010/08/31
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX COMM 1XX (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Athabasca University (AU) AU LGST 2XX (3) 2011/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Athabasca University (AU) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 3730 (3) = AU LGST 369 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Athabasca University (AU) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = AU LGST 369 (3) 2011/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO BUS 276 (3) 2013/01/01 to 2020/08/31
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BADM 107 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU BADM 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2014/08/31
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = CMTN BLAW 152 (3) 2015/01/01 to 2016/12/31
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 3710 (3) or DOUG BUSN 3720 (3) or DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = CMTN BLAW 152 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2014/12/31
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC LAW 294 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
College of the Rockies (COTR) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = COTR MGMT 212 (3) 2015/01/01 to 2016/12/31
College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit 2017/01/01 to 2020/08/31
College of the Rockies (COTR) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = COTR MGMT 212 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Columbia College (COLU) COLU BUSN 2nd (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU BUSI 1XXX (3) 2017/01/01 to 2020/08/31
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU BUSI 2390 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2011/08/31
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = KPU BUSI 2390 (3) 2011/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = KPU BUSI 2390 (3) 2011/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Langara College (LANG) LANG BUSM 1285 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2020/08/31
North Island College (NIC) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = NIC BUS 221 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
North Island College (NIC) NIC BUS 221 (3) 2017/01/01 to 2020/08/31
North Island College (NIC) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = NIC BUS 221 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Northern Lights College (NLC) NLC MGMT 228 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BUS 1XX (3); DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = SFU BUS 1XX (3) & SFU BUS 393 (0) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = SFU BUS 1XX (3) & SFU BUS 393 (0) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BUS 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BBUS 1XXX (3), OL; DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = TRU BBUS 1XXX (3) & TRU BBUS 2XXX (3), Exclude TRU BBUS 3931 from additional credit., OL 2011/01/01 to 2015/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = TRU ADMN 390 (3), OL 2004/09/01 to 2008/04/30
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 3730 (3) = TRU BLAW 3XXX (3) & TRU BLAW 2910 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BBUS 1XXX (3); DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = TRU BBUS 1XXX (3) & TRU BBUS 3930 (3) 2010/09/01 to 2014/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BBUS 1XX (3); DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = TRU BBUS 1XX (3) & TRU BBUS 393 (3) 2008/05/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BLAW 2911 (3), OL 2015/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ADMN 1XX (3), OL; DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = TRU ADMN 390 (3), OL 2008/05/01 to 2010/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BLAW 2XXX (3); DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = TRU BLAW 2XXX (3) & TRU BLAW 2910 (3) 2014/09/01 to 2016/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = TRU BBUS 1XXX (3) & TRU BBUS 3930 (3) 2010/09/01 to 2014/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BUSI 245 (3) 2013/05/01 to 2020/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2007/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BUSI 3XX (3), Waive TWU BUSI 345 (3) 2007/09/01 to 2013/04/30
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO MGMT 2nd (3) 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = UBCO MGMT 2nd (6), Precludes credit for UBCO MGMT 480 (3) 2015/01/01 to 2016/12/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO MGMT 1st (3) 2008/05/01 to 2014/08/31
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV COMM 2nd (3), Precludes credit for UBCV COMM 393. 2008/05/01 to 2020/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC COMM 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2020/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = UNBC COMM 300 (3); DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = UNBC COMM 300 (3) & UNBC COMM 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2011/12/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC COMM 1XX (3); DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = UNBC COMM 300 (3); DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = UNBC COMM 300 (3) & UNBC COMM 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2011/12/31
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BUS 261 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2020/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC COM 302 (1.5) 2008/05/01 to 2020/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC COM 1XX (1.5), May not take COM 302 for credit. 2004/09/01 to 2008/04/30
Vancouver Community College (VCC) No credit 2014/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU LAWW 1st (3) 2011/09/01 to 2020/08/31
Vancouver Island University (VIU) DOUG BUSN 1320 (3) & DOUG BUSN 2420 (3) = VIU LAWW 326 (3) 2008/05/01 to 2011/08/31

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.