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COMM 316 - Business Law and Ethics

This course focuses on specific legal and ethical issues that one may encounter in the workplace. Students examine the legal principles of contract law, civil liability and employment law through the analysis of laws and court judgments. As most business enterprises operate as corporations, this course introduces students to important legal principles regarding the internal organization and operation of a corporation. The course also covers the relationship between law and ethics and examines various ethical business issues that may arise within the workplace, including whistleblowing, professional standards/corporate codes of conduct, corporate governance and ethical issues that arise when doing business in other countries.


  • Fall (September 3 - December 2, 2024)
  • Winter (January 13 - April 12, 2025)


Please refer to the Course Outline below.


Undergraduate, 1.5 credits

There is no access fee for this course.


The following course must be completed previously: COMM 216.

NOTE: Students who have received credit for COMM 315 may not take this course for credit.


Fundamentals of Quebec Business Law and Ethics, 3rd Edition (2023), Paladin Publications.  ISBN : 978-0-9869322-7-4

The textbook, in traditional paperback form, is available for purchase from the bookstore at Concordia University (Book Stop).

Registration Information:

Concordia students must register for this course in their Student Hub. It is strongly recommended that they consult Concordia's class schedule prior to enrolling in order to be aware of any registration restrictions (see the notes). Once registered, students must then sign up for an eConcordia account to access the course material. » Visit the registration section for details.


Disclaimer: Information regarding the eConcordia course found on this page may change without notice. For the most recent course list, visit the Student Hub. Furthermore, if this represents the initial offering of the course, no course outline will be available until the start of the first active semester.