SyllabBEM261_ACB08212016v3

SyllabBEM261_ACB08212016v3 - BEM 261 Legal Environment of...

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1 BEM 261 Legal Environment of Business Fall, 2016 Section C: Tuesday + Thursday, 12:30 Section D: Tuesday + Thursday, 2:00 Instructor Ann C. Bliss [email protected] Overview When people collect themselves into a society, one of the first tasks is to determine the rules on which they will base their interactions with each other. Even among very developed societies, there will be profound variation in both the content and the form of these rules. Societies reach different conclusion about the appropriate subjects and methods of regulation and, more relevant for us, the critical balance of individual rights and community interests. We walk a fine line between studying laws and studying law. Laws are rules: important information about how business leaders should behave in all kinds of situations that have been considered and about which some positive law has been written. Law is a bigger concept: it encompasses the processes by which we consider the impact of various actions on individuals and society and determine which actions shall be rewarded and which shall be discouraged. We need to study laws, particularly about complex and developing areas of law like intellectual property and employment discrimination, but to the extent we are able to study law, you will be better equipped to face situations not yet imagined and to apply your knowledge and experience to anticipate how legal norms will be applied to your decisions. Course Objectives By the end of the course, you should be able to: Identify legal issues in business decisions and determine the implications for the firm, the community, and yourself. Draw on the basic theories and concepts of law to challenge and support the impact of laws on business. Express legal factors in decisions clearly and persuasively.
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2 This syllabus reflects the best available information and a projection of the material we are likely to cover at any given time in the course, but I reserve the right to modify the syllabus judiciously, and with timely notice, in order to serve the interests of student learning. Textbook and Other Required Materials 1. O. Lee Reed, Marisa A. Pagnattaro, et al., The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business (16th or 17th ed, McGraw-Hill Irwin). [Amazon http://amzn.to/Vqqrk1 (16th ed) or http://amzn.to/295sCoa (17th ed)] 1 2. Various other readings, all of which will be available on sakai.wfu.edu. Use of Technology 1. Cell phones must be turned off once class convenes. If you have verifiable reason to expect an emergency call or text during our classroom time such that your phone must remain on, notify me before class convenes and expect to step outside to take the call.
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