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Course Description

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This course introduces students to statutory and common law concerning business and consumer transactions. An overview of the laws of contracts and torts forms the basis of business and producer/consumer relationships. Discussion topics include sale of goods and consumer protection legislation; debtor-creditor relations; competition law; intellectual property rights and manufacturers' product liability.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the structure of the Anglo-Canadian judiciary system and its inter-relationship with the Canadian legislative process;
  2. Describe the law as applicable to the formation, maintenance and ending of contractual relationships;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of Consumer Protection and Debtor/Creditor laws including Sale of Goods; Securing debt; Guarantees and Bankruptcy;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the laws applying to Employer/Employee Relations including Master and Servant; Labour Standards; Unions and collective bargaining; Agencies and the rights and responsibilities of the parties;
  5. Describe the types of business organization and the processes, rights and responsibilities for each;
  6. Describe the legal considerations affecting negotiable instruments, personal and intellectual property rights and Insurance; and
  7. Understand the application of Real Estate laws including the landlord and tenant relationship, liens and mortgages.

Course Topics

  • Canadian legal system
  • Litigation process
  • Law of torts
  • Contracts
  • Marketing and consumer protection
  • Banking and debtor/creditor relationships
  • Employment
  • Business organization
  • Personal and intellectual property
  • Insurance
  • Real estate law

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 4.00 credits

Restriction(s): Registration in BCOMM. program, BA:BADM minor, or BA:EURS area of emphasis in European Business Studies. This is a Priority Access Course. Some restrictions may apply during some time periods. Please contact the department for more information.


Assessment Item Weight
Weekly Quizzes (10) 20%
Assignment 20%
Midterm 1 25%
Final Exam* 35%
Total 100%

* Students must pass the Final Exam to pass this online course.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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