Business Law

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.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - $649.00 30 Register

Course schedule: Classes run online from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

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, 4th ed.  An ebook is available through the publisher, Pearsoned.

Once you have registered for the course, visit, register as a Student and enter Course ID aggarwal80427.  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 via videoconference.

You can find more information on our About Online Learning page. 

Professional development credits

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Instructor Shafik Bhalloo discusses teaching legal issues to business students.

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