Program Details

The course begins with a review of legal systems and the sources of law. Important provisions of the United States Constitution are examined. After learning how the court system works and how to analyze court opinions, students study topics such as antitr
Location:
Venice, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
This course introduces the student to the legal system and the social, legal and regulatory environment of business, as well as to ethical decision-making relating to law and business. Using a modified case method, students analyze court decisions and other course materials that illustrate the role of law in society and the impact of law on the business community. Active student participation is expected to assist students in the development of orderly thought processes, critical judgment, and articulate expression. Current events that impact the legal environment of business are integrated into class discussion. A comparison of the U.S. and Italian legal systems and an analysis of their similarities and differences will be included in our discussions.

The course begins with a review of legal systems and the sources of law. Important provisions of the United States Constitution are examined. After learning how the court system works and how to analyze court opinions, students study topics such as antitrust law, employment discrimination, tort law, securities law, and intellectual property. The administrative agency as a regulatory mechanism that impacts business, the environment, and the individual is studied. Since contracts are the basis of the business relationship, a substantial portion of the course is devoted to contract law. Contract formation, principles of contract interpretation, assignment, breach and remedies are all addressed. International law will also be introduced, including sources of international law and agencies that play a role in the regulation of international business. Risks of doing business in the global arena are considered and legal strategies for minimizing risk are discussed. We will take advantage of the fact that this course is being conducted in Venice by focusing on a comparison of the Italian and U.S. legal systems and discussing current events in the Italian legal and business worlds.

This course introduces the student to legal systems and the social, legal, ethical, and regulatory environment of business. Using a modified case method, we will analyze court decisions and course materials that illustrate the role of law in society and the impact of law on the business community. Active student participation will assist students in the development of orderly thought processes, critical judgment, and articulatethe former site of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the Venetian government), La Fenice (the site of a major fire that gave rise to numerous legal disputes, which will be examined in class and in a writing assignment); San Marco Basilica; the island of Murano and its world famous glass manufacturing facilities; the Institute of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, which is in a building constructed for use by a Venetian Doge government leader and later served as the seat of government during Napoleon’s occupation of Venice; and a trip to Vicenza and/or other cultural centers outside of Venice. Arrangements will be made for us to meet with an Italian lawyer, law professor, judge and/or visit to an Italian courthouse.
Setting Description:
Students will be housed in residence halls at Venice International University with either two or three other students. All students will receive meal vouchers for breakfast and one other meal per day. Students should budget for additional food costs.
Cost:
Program cost will be posted to the program site in December.

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