Merrillville High SchoolCourse Scope & Sequence
Department:Business & TechnologyBusiness Law & Ethics Instructor:Sharon RowEmail:
Course Expectations, Goals & RoutinesCourse Text:Adamson & Morrison (2012). Law for Business & Personal Use, 19e. Southwestern, Mason, OHInstructional Strategies:Teaching strategies for this course include facilitated discussion (with visuals as needed), demonstration and modeling, class discussion, hands-on guided practice, cooperative and collaborative activities, feedback and projects that focus on the concepts of the U.S. Constitution, Federal and State Law. Best Practices and Multiple Intelligences drive learning. Debates and mock trials, field trips and guest speakers augment classroom learning. MS Office Software (Word, Excel, PhotoDraw, Powerpoint and Publisher), Moodle and CPS are interactive computer and internet technologies incorporated into class experience.
Attendance and Classroom Policies
MVSC Corporate attendance policies are enforced. Students are expected to be on time and physically seated in their assigned seats by the bell. Late students will need to present a pass to enter the classroom. The type of absence will affect your grade.
ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CLASS THEY ARE DUE.
Unless a significant crisis arises such as an earthquake, flood or terrorist attack, late work will not be accepted. This syllabus identifies assignments due for the entire semester. If you have an excused absence on the date an assignment is due, the assignment will be turned in the first day you return to class. If you have an unexcused absence, the grade on the due assignment will be a “0”. If you know you will be absent, arrangements must be made to complete assignments early or make specific arrangements with me in advance. Failure to honor negotiated late submissions will result in a “0”. Assignments may be emailed to me at any time before due date.
Academic honesty speaks volumes for your integrity. Students must always submit their own original work! If you use the work or ideas of others, the source must always be cited. Plagiarism is claiming someone else’s work to be your own and copyright infringement (whether it bears the symbol or not) is illegal. You will receive a Zero for assignments that are not properly cited or used without permission and a referral. Additional occurrence of plagiarism or infringement will result in referral and/or failing the class.
Cite your work honestly and accurately! Wikipedia or other unreliable Internet sources are unacceptable. Verify your sources and work and know that I am very internet and computer savvy. The integrity of your work reflects both your effort and your ethics.
We all are busy and have stressful schedules. If you are having problems with this class, you need to talk with me as soon as possible. If you don’t let me know, I won’t be able to help you and will have no other recourse but to look upon your work as inadequate.
Because of their disruptive natures and pursuant to MVSC electronic devise policy, there will be no evidence of cell phones, MP3 players, CDs, headphones, I-pods or any other electronic devices in my classroom. These devices will be confiscated and given to student services.
Each student will wear his/her ID on a lanyard at all times and carry his/her Pirate Planner. Pirate Planners are required for passes. Not having an ID or lanyard may result in a referral.
Students will be prepared by bringing textbooks, workbooks, paper, pencils and homework due to each class. Students will be responsible and respectful and refrain from talking or disruption when I am teaching. Bags/purses will be off the tables during class and not readily accessible for temptation. Students will be quiet and attentive during announcement. To show professionalism and maturity, students will use common sense, good communications skills and exhibit a positive attitude in class.
The computers in this classroom are for this class only! Students will agree to read, understand and abide by the MVSC Computer Usage Policy before using computers. Students understand that logging on to MySpace, Facebook or YouTube will result in an automatic detention, referral or classroom contract. Additionally, the following will result in disciplinary action as well:
“messing with” classroom technology
Intentionally damaging a computer or components
Intentionally harming another student
I reserve the right to use a classroom contract when I feel your behavior is disruptive and detrimental to the learning of your peers. Refusal to sign the contract does not negate it.
Your questions about the material are NOT an imposition – they are most welcomed and one of the highlights of my day! Chances are if you have a question, someone else is thinking the same thing but is too shy to ask. Please ask questions! You’ll learn more, it makes the class more interesting and you are helping others learn as well.
Learning is a group activity and the behavior of each person in class directly affects the learning outcomes of the others. If we keep this perspective in mind, the classroom experience will be better and more rewarding for everyone involved.Course DescriptionBusiness Law and Ethics provides an overview of the legal system in the business setting. Topics covered include: Basics of the judicial system, contract, personal, employment and property law. Application of legal principles and ethical decision-making techniques are presented through problem-solving methods and situation analysis.
Recommended Prerequisites: None
Credits: 1 credit per semester, maximum of 2 semesters, maximum of 2 creditsCounts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.This course is aligned with postsecondary courses for Dual CreditWeekStandardsInstructional ContentActivities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.AssessmentsOther18/19 &8/24/15F1.1,FS1.2, FS1.3WT7, WT8RT4, RT5Course Orientation,Chapter 1: Law & Ethical Foundations,Legal terminologyEthics, Game, Legal Terminology, Congressional Leadership, Indiana Government, Mock Trial Prep, Video: Origins of LawCongressional LeadershipIndiana governmentStudents will:1) Identify consequences of ethical & unethical conduct28/31/15
FS1.4, FS1.6, FS1.7, FS1.8, FS1.9, FS1.10
WT7, WT8, WT9RT2, RT4, RT5Chapter 2: Constitutional Rights, US Constitution and amendmentsTreasure Quest, Mock Trial Prep, Video: Creating the ConstitutionMoodle Treasure Quest, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes1) Describe the powers & limitations of the federal government as stated in the U.S. Constitution2) Identify the basic freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights39/7/15
FS1.1, FS 1.4, FS1.5, FS2.1, FS2.2, FS2.3, FS2.4
WT4, WT6, WT7, WT8RT4, RT5Chapter 3: Court SystemsEthics: 1st Amendment, "Gonzalez", "Facebook" & "Sexting"American Court System Poster, Supreme Court Justice Brochure, Mock Trial Prep,Ethics gamePoster, Brochure, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzesStudents will:1) Determine how courts make law and explain the role of precedent in the legal system2) Differentiate between cases that belong within the jurisdiction of the federal and state court systems3) Explain the role of national and state Supreme and Appellate Courts49/14/15FS1.4, FS3.2-3.6, FS 3.7, FS 3.9, FS 3.10, FS 4.1, FS 5.4, FS 6.3,WT1, WT2, WT6, WT7, WT8, WT9RT4, RT5, RT7, RT8WT4, WT5, WT6, RT10Chapter 4 & 5: Criminal and Civil Law ProceduresEthics: Criminal & Civil Terminology3Qs, Criminal Sentencing, Current Legal Issues: Pro & Con, Mock Trial Prep, Video: Torts3Q, Criminal Sentencing, Current Legal Issues: Pro & con,Text & Moodle assignments/quizzesStudents will:1) Identify litigation and alternate dispute resolution2) Compare and contrast civil law suits and criminal prosecution3) Define statute of limitations4) Define different types of business crime (arson, forgery & embezzlement)5) Determine defenses to criminal acts (Insanity, self-defense)6) Distinguish between a tort and a crime7) Differentiate between and give examples of negligence & intentional torts8) Describe the penalties in criminal law and the remedies of tort law59/21/15
FS1.4, FS1.5, FS3.1FS11.1, FS11.2, FS11.3, FS11.4, FS11.5,
WT6, WT7, WT8, WT9RT1, RT2, RT3, RT9, RT10
Chapter 22, 23 & 24: Employment Law, Unions and DiscriminationEthics: Discrimination, Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking3Qs, Mediation, Employment Offer, Indiana Teen Labor Laws, Debate 3Qs, Debate, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzesStudents will:1) Compare/Contrast Employment-at-will, Right-to-work and union environments2) Describe the collective bargaining process3) Identify legislation that regulates union activity69/28/15FS1.4,FS4.1, FS4.2RT7WT4, WT7, WT8, WT9 Courtroom protocol, Course assessment, Intro to contractsField Trip to Courthouse, Debate, Marbury v. Madison MIDTERM, Case Studies,DebateStudents will1) demonstrate mastery of academic standards for course so far,2) exhibit proper mock trial skills3) Observe and understand real life judicial proceedings710/5/15
FS1.4, FS4.1, FS4.2
WT4, WT5, WT6, WT7, WT8, WT9
RT4, RT5Contracts, Part I: Chapters 6, 7 & 8: Offer & Acceptance, Genuineness of Assent, ConsiderationDebate, U-Presents, Discussions, Videos: Contract Law, Consideration & Breaking the DealU-Present, Debate, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes, DebateStudents will:1) Identify components of enforceable contracts2) Create/negotiate a contract810/12/15
FS1.4, FS 4.1, FS 4.2, FS4.3, FS4.4, FS5.3WT6, WT7, WT8RT1, RT2, RT3, RT9Contracts, Part II: Chapters 9-10-11: Legal Capacity, Legal Purpose, Obligations & EnforcementU-Present, Classroom contract, Sample contracts, Jenny Springer ShowU-Present, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzesStudents will:1) Explain a minor's right to avoid a contract2) identify breech and remedy910/19/15
FS1.4, FS1.5, FS1.11, FS9.1, FS9.2, FS9.3, FS10.1-10-6
WT6, WT7, WT8, WT9RT1, RT2, RT3, RT4Chapter 12: Marriage & Divorce 3Q,: Marriage license, pre-nups, divorce settlements, restraining orders, dissolution of Marriage, Child SupportPre-nup agreement, Restraining order, Dissolution of Marriage, Divorce mediation and settlement, Mock Marriage
3Q,Marriage license application, Pre-nup agreement, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzesStudents will:1) Identify issues and concerns of prenuptial agreements2) distinguish between common law and ceremonial marriage and those prohibited by law3) Describe the distribution of property in a divorce4) Explain domestic relations as it relates to child custody and child support 10/26/15
FS1.4, FS1.5, FS2.1, FS10.7-10.10,
WT7, WT8, WT9RT2, RT4Wills, Trusts & EstatesEthics: Cyber concerns, Cyberbullying VignetteLast Will & Testaments (yours and a celebrity's), Debate
Will analysis, Debate, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzesStudents will:1) Identify requirements necessary for a valid will and how it can be modified or revoked2) Distinguish between protection given to spouses and children under the law of wills3) Explain what happens to a decedent's estate when a person dies without a will 11/21/15RT7, RT9WT6 Wrapping it up...Case Studies, Mayo v. SatanLAW JOURNAL,Case Study PPTs,DebateStudents will1) Demonstrate analysis of Landmark case decisions2) Demonstrate mock trial skills 11/9/15 Review & course assessmentMurder Mystery, Evaluations, Finals Evaluations, Finals Students will demonstrate mastery of academic standards for course so far and exhibit proper mock trial skills