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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business
Course: GBS205

First Term: 2016 Summer
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Legal theories, ethical issues and regulatory climate affecting business policies and decisions.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Trace the historical development of Law, the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. court system, legal terminology, and legal procedures. (I)
2. Evaluate the legal, ethical, and social implications of business decisions and their impact on various individuals, groups and societies. (II-XII)
3. Describe how business decisions are affected by administrative agencies and their policies and procedures. (III)
4. Define and explain criminal law and criminal conduct under the U.S. Constitution. (IV)
5. Define and explain types of torts that apply to business and product liability. (V)
6. Identify and define principles of private law that apply to commercial transactions in the field of Contracts, Sales, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, and Property. (VI, VII)
7. List and explain various business structures, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and franchises. (VIII)
8. Explain how business decisions and practices are affected by governmental regulatory principles in the field of Securities, Antitrust, and Environmental law. (IX)
9. Identify important employment and labor law principles that govern relationships between employers and other groups in the workplace. (X)
10. Analyze legal and ethical issues associated with demographic and cultural diversity in the international marketplace. (XI)
11. Explain the role of a business as a citizen and its social responsibility to its various stakeholders. (XII)
12. Apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to business situations that involve legal, ethical, and social dimensions. (I, III-XII)
13. Apply critical and analytical skill in the preparation of oral and written discourse on legal and ethical issues that affect business. (I-XII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction to Law
   A. Nature and History of Law
      1. Nature of Law
      2. Language of Law
      3. Development of Common Law
      4. Sources of Law
   B. Natural Law: U.S. Constitution
   C. Introduction to the Court System
      1. Relationship of State and Federal Court System
      2. Legal Procedures
      3. Functions of Courts
   D. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
   E. Ethical Issues in ADR
II. Introduction to Ethics
   A. Ethical Theories and Models
   B. Corporate Social Responsibility
III. The Regulatory Environment of Business
   A. Administrative Law
      1. Administrative Agencies
      2. Legislation and Judicial Functions of Agencies
      3. Public Disclosure of Agency Actions
   B. Business Relationship with Regulators
IV. Positive Law Ethic: Criminal Law
   A. Nature of Criminal Law
   B. Constitutional Safeguards
   C. Criminal Conduct
      1. Crimes Against the Person
      2. Crimes Against Property
      3. White Collar Crimes
      4. Computer Crimes
V. Positive Law Ethic: Torts
   A. Theories, Background, and Classification of Torts
      1. Intentional Torts
      2. Negligence
      3. Strict Liability
   B. Business Torts
      1. Unfair Competition
      2. Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights
   C. Product Liabilities
      1. Warranties
      2. Negligence
      3. Strict Liability
   D. Ethical Issues
VI. Private Law: Commercial Transactions
   A. Contract Law
      1. Law of Contracts
      2. Ethical Obligations/Issues
      3. Dispute Resolutions
   B. Sales Law
      1. Law of Sales
      2. Ethical Obligations/Issues
      3. Dispute Resolutions
   C. Negotiable Instruments (Commercial Paper)
      1. Law of Negotiable Instruments
      2. Ethical Obligations/Issues
      3. Dispute Resolutions
   D. Secured Transactions
      1. Law of Secured Transactions
      2. Ethical Obligations/Issues
      3. Dispute Resolutions
VII. Private Law: Property
   A. Property Law
      1. Personal Property
      2. Real Property
      3. Landlord-Tenant Relationships
   B. Ethical Issue in Property Disputes
VIII. Business and its Structure
   A. Agency and Employment Law
   B. Business Enterprises
      1. Sole Proprietorships
      2. Partnerships
      3. Limited Liabilities Companies
      4. Corporations
      5. Franchising
   C. Ethical Issues
IX. The Regulating Business Conduct
   A. Securities Law
      1. Securities Law
      2. Ethical Issues
   B. Anti-Trust Law
      1. Anti-Trust Law
      2. Ethical Issues in Anti-Trust
      3. Ethical Issues in Competition
   C. Environmental Law
      1. Environmental Law
      2. Ethical Issues
X. Business Law
   A. Employment Law and Equal Opportunity
      1. Employment Law
      2. Employment Discrimination
      3. Ethical Issues
   B. Labor Law and Legislative Control over Labor Relations
      1. Labor Law
      2. Legislative Control over Labor
      3. Ethical Issues
XI. Global Operations
   A. International Law and Organizations
      1. Sources of International Law
      2. International Organizations
      3. Judicial Resolution of International Disputes
      4. International Arbitration
   B. International Sales
      1. International Sale of Goods
      2. Restrictions in International Trade
      3. Protection and Transfer of International Property Rights
   C. Ethical and Cultural Diversity Issues
XII. Ethical Obligation to Stakeholders
   A. Consumer Law
   B. Product Liability Issues
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 23, 2016

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