840801 :Business Law and Ethics (Saylor Academy)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Different free online materials (Web-media, E-book, Quiz, articles) (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam (70%) and assignments (30%) (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
Blackboard informatieLink to Blackboard (Als u de melding 'Guest are not allowed in this course' krijgt, dient u nog bij Blackboard in te loggen)


dr. J.H. Valgaeren (coördinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Having completed the course 'Business Law and Ethics', the student is able to:

  • identify sources of law;
  • describe the function and role of courts;
  • differentiate litigation from methods of alternative dispute resolution, and discuss the process of each;
  • list the elements of the major torts;
  • list the essential elements of a valid contract;
  • describe how a contract can fail;
  • summarize the remedies available for breach of contract;
  • distinguish between real and personal property;
  • identify the various interests in real property and how they pass;
  • identify the requirements to hold various rights under intellectual property laws;
  • analyze the impact of the digital era on intellectual property rights;
  • describe the various forms of business organization;
  • identify major ethical concerns in business today;
  • distinguish between Aristotle's ethical theory, utilitarianism, and Kant's ethical theory;
  • distinguish Aristotle and Kant's ethical theories, and utilitarianism, from cultural relativism and nihilism; and
  • analyze case studies that illustrate ethical dilemmas in business ethics.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

LAS Online Courses using Open Educational Resources

Liberal Arts and Sciences gives her students the opportunity to follow state-of-the-art, high quality Open Educational Resources developed and offered by other academic institutions around the world. They have been added in order to expand the LAS-TiU curriculum. For every LAS-TiU Major program, one online course has been carefully selected to broaden and deepen the existing course offer. LAS-TiU students are enabled to take the online courses as much as possible in their own time and at their own pace, and to acquire credits by taking tests designed and tailor-made by LAS-TiU. The course materials and instructions will be offered through a Blackboard course environment, the course will be guided by a LAS lecturer.

Although the course focusses on business law and ethics, it is in itself an overview of various kinds of different law aspects which are related to commercial law. Starting with the nature and sources of law, the student is made familiar with the differences between litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with torts, contracts, property law, intellectual property, criminal law and business, business organizations and regulation and finally with how to conduct business properly in an ethical and legal way. Students will study abstract concepts and legal problems, primarily from a Common Law perspective, which play nevertheless also an important role in Civil Law. The course is set up in a modern and attractive way and presents Commercial Law in a practical and interesting style with much examples and useful insights.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course is part of the Saylor Academy Project (Saylor Academy Project) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License. It provides 11 units (of which 10 units are to be studied) which have as basis two textbooks (The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Business Law and the Legal Environment). In several units free online material such as YouTube are incorporated. Some units, such as torts and contracts and intellectual property, will need a more detailed study by the student. Students are required to prepare the assigned reading material, watch the online media and complete the assignments, often in the form of a quiz.
The course was designed by Kevin B. Moquin, J.D. of Suffolk University Law School and is reviewed and recommended by The National College Credit Recommendation Service in the United States.
The course is coordinated by Jan Hendrik Valgaeren (LAS), who is also responsible for testing.


Verplichte literatuur

  1. Lau, Terence and Johnson, Lisa (ed.), The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, Flat World Knowledge, 2011.
  2. Beatty, J.E and Samuelson, Susan S. (ed.), Business Law and the Legal Environment, Cengage Learning, 2012.
  3. Selected articles

Gewenste voorkennis

Law in Society and Understanding Law

Vereiste voorkennis


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