This course is designed to provide students with sufficient understanding to identify and manage legal and ethical issues in financial and commercial transactions. This type of understanding requires a knowledge of the operation of business organizations, the various provisions in the Uniform Commercial Code that govern commercial transactions, federal securities regulations, and various other pertinent laws. Accordingly, students are introduced to the fundamental laws governing financial and commercial transactions, incorporating aspects of corporate governance, social responsibility, and ethical principles in business decisionmaking. Particular emphasis is given to the impact of the laws, like Sarbanes-Oxley, governing business transactions that present the greatest risks of legal liability and ethical implications, as well as the rules that provide protection from legal liability and ethical violations, like the business judgment rule. These topics are then viewed in the context of real world application through the use of case studies, current event discussions, guest speakers, field studies, and various other projects in order for students to develop a framework with which to analyze various legal and ethical issues in financial and commercial transactions which they may encounter in the future.
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