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Hospitality Law

Course Code: HOSP 1220
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours Per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

The course will provide an overview of the meaning, sources and administration of business and hospitality law. Topics will include the law of torts and contract, human rights, negligence prevention in the hospitality industry, the rights and responsibilities of guests and innkeepers, industry regulatory requirements and employment law.

Course Content

  1. Introduction to the field of law and the administration of justice, including the following:
    • Constitutional law
    • Common law and legislation
    • Administrative law
    • Criminal law
  2. Law of Torts:
    • scope and function
    • trespass
    • nuisance
    • negligence
    • occupier's liability
    • defamation
    • false imprisonment
    • assault and battery
    • conversion
  3. Law of Contracts:
    • essentials of contract
    • grounds of impeachment
    • discharge of contract
  4. Special types of contract:
    • sale of goods
    • Competition Act issues; false and misleading advertising, conspiracy to restrict trade.
    • restrictive covenants
  5. Some areas of liability in hospitality industry:
    • food, property, inn keeping, service of alcoholic drinks
    • Human Rights legislation regarding guest service and employment practices and legal consequences of discrimination
    • various regulatory requirements of hotel/innkeeper statutes across Canada
    • rights of innkeepers, guests and security of property
    • establishing a hospitality business; types of business organization, franchises, insurance, property leasing, forms of intellectual property.
    • Labour Code issues

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, seminars and/or case discussions

Means of Assessment

Assignments                  20%
Tests (2)  50%
Final Exam  30%
Total 100%


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the legal climate of Canada and some understanding of one's personal rights and that part of the common law and statute law applicable to most business situations in the hospitality industry;
  2. examine in detail the law of contracts, its principles and application to various business situations;
  3. demonstrate a background of information that will help recognize some of the economic, legal, political and social aspects of situations likely to be encountered in the hospitality industry;
  4. identify the legal responsibilities of managers in the hospitality industry:
    • food liability
    • property loss
    • inn keeping
    • service of alcoholic beverages;
  5. relate recent examples of lawsuits against hospitality operations;
  6. distinguish between common law and statutory law;
  7. describe human rights legislation and discuss its implications for the hospitality industry regarding guest service and employment practices;
  8. explain the impacts of government acts on hospitality operations;
  9. identify the part of the Canadian Criminal Code pertaining to hospitality operation and describe applications of the Canadian Criminal Code to various hospitality situations.

curriculum 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.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.