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Joseph L. Brotherton
MGMT 321
Seattle Campus

Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business

Managerial implications of restrictions imposed by government on corporations from legal point of view. Constitutional law impacting business managers; antitrust, administrative, and regulatory issues; environmental law, product liability law, and securities law. Not a business or commercial law course.

Class description

IMPORTANT - READ THIS AND NOT THE OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION!!!!!! CLASS TITLE - ETHICS, LAW & COMMERCE We will address ethical dilemmas and situations which arise in our lives with a specific emphasis on Ethics and the Law and Ethical issues which arise in commercial settings. We will address how we and others make decisions and deal with right or wrong. We will also address recent ethical debacles in corporate America and other ethical current events. Finally, we will attempt to develop our own personalized codes of ethics and behavior. If it works, you will learn a fair amount of law and some things about yourself!

Student learning goals

To define your personal Code of Ethics based upon YOUR values.

To identify ethical matters in everyday life.

A "better than cocktail party" knowledge of the basic areas of the LAW, including Contracts, Torts, Property, Criminal & Constitutional Law

To read the Sunday New York Times thoroughly but objectively.

General method of instruction

The ethical subjects we face are best studied through reflection and debate. Participation in class discussions is required. The Socratic Method will be utilized. Some of the discussion will involve private or personal matters, as well as opinions and personal values. Every student is expected to maintain a respectful demeanor toward others and further to respect fellow studentsí privacy.

Money, greed,lying, justification, cheating, compromise, stealing, rules, agreements, crime, punishment (including capital), torts, power, the Constitution, the New York Times.

We will have some fun, some field trips and some guest speakers. Your instructor is an attorney and CPA and business person. All materials will be distributed weekly via the internet. No textbook!

Recommended preparation


I hope to have a number of non-business majors in the class.

Class assignments and grading

We will use web-based research for all of our class work. You will be assigned regular research topics and you will be expected to print out information which you find and bring same to class. You should accumulate the materials into a notebook which may be reviewed by Mr. Brotherton, without notice. You must have a computer with web access and access to a printer in order to succeed in this class.

Class Project, Final exam (Multiple Choice) and class participation

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Joseph L. Brotherton
Date: 02/27/2007