Business Law

Code Course Description
BLAW 1005

Business Law Fundamentals for Accountants

This course is specifically intended for Accounting students, and is meant to provide a basic level of understanding regarding an array of business law topics. More particularly, the course will expose students to basic concepts regarding the Canadian legal system, as well as the law of contracts, torts, business organizations, agency, intellectual property, real and personal property, environmental protection, consumer protection, creditor's rights, secured transactions and bankruptcy. Accounting students who wish to obtain greater understanding of business law topics are advised to enrol in BLAW 1320 (Introductory Business Law) and BLAW 3720 (Business Law for Accountants). BLAW 1320 and 3720 can be counted towards the Concentration in Business Law. BLAW 1005 does not meet prerequisite requirements for any upper level Business Law course. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 1005 will not get further credit for this course.

BLAW 1320

Introductory Business Law

The course will conduct a general review of the meaning, sources and administration of business law, and in particular, will provide in-depth coverage of the law of contracts and the law of torts. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the key aspects of business organizations and the law of real property. The course will also consider legislation regulating business and recent and relevant changes in Canadian law that may potentially affect the business climate. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 1320 will not get further credit for this course.

BLAW 3700

Fundamentals of International Trade Law

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of several important legal principles encountered in international business. The course will consider the structure and sources of international law and will examine key legal issues found in both private and public international law.
The coverage of private international law will focus on the areas of international dispute resolution, international sale of goods transactions, international transportation, and legal aspects relating to international finance. The course will also consider selected issues of public international law that include the global trading framework, customs law, intellectual property law, international taxation, and international labour and human rights law. It is recommended that students take BLAW 1320 prior to enrolling in this course. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 3700 will not get further credit for this course.

BLAW 3710

Sales and Marketing Law

This course will provide students with a strong grounding in several areas of law that commonly arise in the context of sales and marketing activities. The course will introduce students to the general framework of the Canadian legal system, including the constitutional protection provided for advertising as a form of speech. The course will also provide a thorough analysis of the common law and legislation concerning trade-marks and copyrights, as well as relevant provisions under federal and provincial consumer protection and competition legislation, including the provisions of the Competition Act and the Criminal Code applicable to activities such as promotional contests and pyramid schemes. The course will also include a review of privacy law as it applies to sales and marketing activities. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 3710 will not get further credit for this course.

BLAW 3720

Business Law for Accountants

This course will build upon the business law foundation provided in the prerequisite course, BLAW 1320 (Introductory Business Law). As well, together with BLAW 1320, this course is intended to satisfy the breadth of business law topics mandated for students to receive transfer credit for the relevant business law prerequisite required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 3720 will not get further credit for this course.

BLAW 3730

Corporate and Financial Planning Law

This course will build upon the business law foundation provided in the pre-requisite course, BLAW 1320 (Introductory Business Law). The areas of law that will be covered in this course include business organizations (sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations), agency, corporate governance, real property mortgages, secured transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, personal property, insurance, guarantees, trusts, wills and estates, and family law. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 3730 will not get further credit for this course.

BLAW 3750

Employment Law

This course will provide students with a review of statutory and common law sources of employment law, with a particular emphasis on the scope of employee protections available under employment standards and human rights legislation. Students will also gain a strong understanding of the extent of employee and employer rights and potential liabilities where the employment relationship is terminated (whether by the employee or the employer). Students who have already received credit for BUSN 3750 will not get further credit for this course.

BLAW 3760

Labour Relations

This course is an introduction to the Canadian industrial relations system, including: the historical development of trade unions; the structure, organization and operation of unions; public policy covering labour and employment relations; union certification; collective bargaining; contract administration; dispute resolution; and contemporary issues in labour relations. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 3760 will not get further credit for this course.

BLAW 3770

Real Estate Law

The emphasis of this course is the law relating to real property in British Columbia. Attention will be given to the entire process of the real estate transaction in British Columbia from the initial purchase and sale contract to the registration and protection of legal interests, including mortgages. Discussion will focus on the rights and duties of the parties typically involved in the purchase, sale and finance of real estate that arise primarily from the law of contract along with regulatory requirements set out by statute.

The course will also consider concepts relevant to the ongoing ownership and management of land such as principles of tort law that apply to real estate, the law of leasing from both a residential and a commercial perspective, the law relating to strata properties, as well as other legal issues such as expropriation, environmental considerations and taxation. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 3770 will not get further credit for this course.

BLAW 4720

Procurement Law and Contract Interpretation

This course will expose students to current Canadian legal approaches concerning the interpretation of written contracts, including with respect to specific, common contractual clauses. Students will also gain a strong understanding of the Canadian law of procurement, including duties owed by each of the parties in competitive bidding processes and how such duties have evolved over time. Furthermore, students will develop basic skills regarding the drafting of commercial contracts. In addition to traditional textbook readings, students will be expected to read and discuss numerous critical court decisions relevant to the interpretation of contracts and to procurement law. Students who have already received credit for BUSN 4720 will not get further credit for this course.