Learn the laws that are relevant to starting a new business or managing an existing business in Canada. You will explore the history, workings and interpretations of the Canadian legal system and the laws related to various business ownership structures. You will also learn how to create contracts and mitigate contract breaches, and discover various ways to resolve contractual or employment-related disputes. Specific topics include: torts, contracts, negotiable instruments, forms of business organizations and credit transactions, intellectual property, rights infringement and property loss or damage.
Course schedule: Classes run from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PT via online-supported delivery.
What will I learn?
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Explore the history of laws and law making in Canada as it relates to business law
- Apply legal principles to drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts in Canada
- Assess appropriate ownership structures for starting and operating a new business in Canada
- Examine intellectual property guidelines in order to protect ideas and property
- Analyze principles of wrongful acts or infringement of rights of a person or business in order to determine appropriate remedies
How will I learn?
This university-level course consists of lectures based on material in the required textbook, followed by discussions of real-world examples and how the concepts in the readings apply to various situations.
How will I be evaluated?
Your performance will be evaluated based on a midterm examination and a final examination, each worth 50% of your grade.
Textbooks and learning materials
Course fees do not include textbooks or other materials. We recommend you purchase your textbook as soon as you've registered:
Yates, R.A. Legal Fundamentals for Canadian Business w/Companion, 13th ed. (2017). ISBN: 9780135194041. An ebook is available through the publisher, Pearsoned.
Once you have registered for the course, visit www.pearsonmylabs.com, register as a Student and enter Course ID aggarwal26934. From there you can create an account to purchase the Yates MyLab and the full e-text.
You will access other course materials using SFU's online course management system.
Hardware and software requirements
You will need a computer that is connected to the internet so that you can access Canvas, our online course management system. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas by accessing Canvas guides here. We recommend you use Google Chrome or Firefox.
Also, you will need to enable your computer’s audio and microphone to participate in live sessions offered through the Blackboard Collaborate virtual platform (within Canvas). You can check if your computer is compatible with Blackboard Collaborate here.
You can find more information on online-supported learning on our About Online Learning page.
Professional development credits
This course may meet the requirements for the following designation(s):