PRESCRIBED TEXT FOR BFA706 AT UTAS, SEMESTER 1 2011
Business Law is a new textbook that presents business law principles in a clear and easy-to- understand style.
The objective of a business law subject is to ensure that students acquire enough knowledge of the law of business so they can recognise and solve simple legal problems, organise their affairs in order to avoid more complex or serious legal problems, and appreciate the connection of legal principles within a range of commercial environments. As the majority of students are required to study business law as part of either a commerce or business degree, this textbook follows a functional approach to the study of business law rather than doctrinal so the principles of business law are contextualised within a business environment.
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Business students need to know more than what the law is, they need to know where to find it, how to read it, how to use it and how it impacts on all facets of business. Students who use this textbook will develop a greater awareness of the law and its broad application to business and commercial environments.
# Written in a clear, accessible style by award winning law lecturer.
# Addressed to reader as business person.
# Seeks to balance legal doctrine, practical perspectives, law in context and critical perspectives.
# Emphasis upon material of relevance and use to business students in the 21st century.
# Organised into 12 manageable chapters corresponding with 12 teaching weeks of a typical semester, making it possible to use the entire textbook and cover all relevant business law topics in appropriate depth. No need to customise this textbook to suit the subject outline.
# Presents a functional rather than doctrinal approach, e.g. instead of 'tort law' and 'contract law', the chapters look at 'causing harm' and 'making deals'.
# Activity features appear throughout requiring students to reflect, research, apply or revise their understanding of legal concepts.
# Revision questions appear at the end of each major chapter section and provide an opportunity for students to check their knowledge before progressing.
# End-of-chapter quizzes contain multiple-choice questions and are ideal for self testing.
# Over 600 terms & definitions included in the end of book glossary.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Nick James graduated from the University of Queensland in 1990 with Bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce, and until 1994 practised Commercial and Property Law in Brisbane and at the Gold Coast. In 1996 Nick returned to the University of Queensland to teach business law and property law at the Gatton Campus. In 1998 Nick completed his Master of Laws, and in 1999 he relocated to the new Ipswich campus where he was involved with the development and delivery of business law, corporations law and e-commerce law courses in flexible mode. In 2004, Nick completed his doctoral thesis on critical legal education. In 2005 he relocated to the law school at the St Lucia campus, and in 2009 was appointed Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Academic) within the School.
Nick presently teaches Business Law to non-law students, and Law & Society to law students within the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. He is the School Chair of Teaching and Learning, and a member of the editorial committee of the Legal Education Review. He received the UQ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and a National Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2007. He is the author of numerous journal articles and conference papers in the areas of legal education and critical legal theory, and is presently engaged in a research project investigating the teaching and assessment of legal reasoning and critical thinking skills.