Apr 01, 2023  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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BA 301 - Business Law I

This course is an introduction to the areas of law that touch most businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as many individuals. The course begins with an overview of the American legal system and its processes and progresses through substantive topics such as contracts, criminal law, tort law, and intellectual property. The lessons will ask you to digest and then apply the concepts of law, often with a critical thinking component. After completing this course, you will have learned enough to discuss and apply basic concepts of law as well as evaluate the potential risks and/or issues.

Assignment Overview
  • Assignments: 5 Units
  • Interactivity: Discussion Board
  • Final Assessment: None

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Understand how the American legal system is structured between the federal government and the states.
  • Describe the steps in the litigation process.
  • Comprehend and summarize court opinions.
  • Identify a contract and explain what is required for a valid contract to exist.
  • Explain how a contract may be breached and what might constitute an appropriate remedy.
  • Specify the basic elements of common crimes and torts.
  • Analyze how tort law intersects with economics and social attitudes.
  • Assess the utility and application of white-collar crime laws.
  • Understand the differences between business entities and articulate their characteristics.
  • Address the social responsibility of business entities and their duties.
  • Identify the laws relevant to the employment relationship and understand the rights and obligations involved.
  • Explain the types of intellectual property laws available to protect original works. 

Credits: 3

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