Motive Analysis

Motive Analysis

Examines the legal environment of business, the sources of American law, and the basis of authority for government to regulate business. Provides a survey of tort law, contracts and the UCC, and the federal and state courts.
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Required Resources
Bagley, C. E., & Savage, D. W. (2010). Managers and the legal environment:2010 custom edition (6th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.
Supplemental Resources
Fischbach, J., & Fischbach, M. (2005). Rethinking optimality in tort litigation: The promise of reverse cost-shifting. BYU Journal of Public Law, 19(2), 317-351.
Kalen, S. (2008). The transformation of modern administrative law: Changing administrations and environmental guidance documents. Ecology Law Quarterly, 35(4), 657-720.
Ward, E. (2007). Mandatory court-annexed alternative dispute resolution in the United States federal courts: Panacea or pandemic? St. John’s Law Review, 81(1), 77-98.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1. Describe the legal environment of business, the sources of American law, and the basis of authority for government to regulate business.
2. Explain basic court procedures, types of courts, and alternative dispute resolution methods.
3. Describe the elements of a contract and explain the basic provisions of contract law relative to offer, acceptance, capacity, legality, fraud, third-party rights, performance, and breach of contract.
4. Explain the components of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) relative to sales and lease contracts and the basic provisions of the UCC addressing sales/lease contracts, title, risk, insurable interests, and the performance and breach of contracts.
5. Explain the basis of tort law and describe the classification of torts.
6. Define negligence and explain the various defenses to negligence.
7. Differentiate between civil law and criminal law and describe the various classifications of crimes.
8. Use technology and information resources to research issues in business law.
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