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Legal Foundations for Business

Module description

This module introduces you to the potential of law to develop a sustainable business environment. Knowledge of law is an intrinsic part of the effective operation of your business, and will have an impact upon operations from conception to dissolution. Legal knowledge helps you navigate the development of your sustainable business – from how you run the company to employing other people, from considering what you will sell to how you will manage waste, law, whether as international legislation or local policy, will affect and guide your choices.  While law often seems like a closed book to those unfamiliar with it, it is actually a tool to be utilised (not least because substantial costs can be saved from simply understanding the legal system and how lawyers navigate it).


There are no pre-requisites for this module. The module is suitable for students entirely new to law as well as those who have studied some law already and may also be appropriate for those studying on a Flexible Combined Honours pathway.


The module may be taken in the second year of an LLB or BBL programme or as a second or third year-module on other programmes of study.

Full module specification

Module title:Legal Foundations for Business
Module code:LAW2112C
Module level:2
Academic year:2022/3
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Caroline Keenan - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module is an important aspect of your business education, and will provide a foundation for any career that you might wish to pursue when you graduate. A sound grasp of the law is assumed of any accomplished businessperson, and to achieve this as part of your undergraduate study is sure to set you apart from competitors. This module will provide a legal platform in business to ensure compliance, while arming you with the awareness to you need to identify when a legal professional might be required.


This module aims to introduce you to the various sectors of business law which underpin a sustainable organisation, offering an overview of basic principles while providing you with a practical understanding of key legislation.


ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key legal mechanisms that impact business
  • 2. Apply law to support sustainable business practice.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Apply foundational principles of legal issue spotting
  • 4. Construct and support an analysis using legal sources

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Demonstrate your ability to communicate appropriately to professionals and lay persons respectively

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity11Lectures (11 x 1 hours)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity7.5Seminars (5 x 1.5 hour)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity3Workshop 1 x 3hrs
Guided Independent Study70Preparation of assignments
Guided Independent Study58.5Preparing for workshops and reading around the topics covered.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assessment-themed exercises in letter writing and opinion drafting2 x 1 hour exercises1-6Oral and written feedbackOral feedback on tasks assigned

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Barrister’s Opinion602,000 words1-6Written
Solicitor’s letter of advice on a given scenario 401,000 words1-6Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Barrister’s OpinionSubmission of barrister’s opinion on a new case study (2,000 words)1-5August/September reassessment period
Solicitor’s Letter of AdviceSubmission of solicitor’s letter of advice on a new case study (1,300 words)1-5July

Syllabus plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • Introduction to law as a foundation for sustainable business
  • The role of national and international law in the regulation of business
  • National and local regulation of business
  • Corporate governance & finance.
  • The law of contract
  • Employment law
  • Intellectual property
  • _ Property
  • Land and water use
  • Sustainable business practices (sustainable business development, eco-efficiency, resource productivity, waste reduction, producer responsibility)
  • Accountability,
  • Certification,

Regulation of sustainability standards 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

As this module is unique to the Penryn Campus the weekly reading for this module will be brought together on the ELE page to enable you to study the wide range of law relating to the development of sustainable business practice. This will include readings on different types of law to give you a foundation and then we will look at some more specialist types of law within a business context.


 A web-based Electronic Learning Environment (ELE) will accompany the module.

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