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Government Regulation of Business

Rutgers the State University of New Jersey
Camden Campus
Department of Economics
Government Regulation of Business (50:220:398, 3 credits)

Syllabus and Class Schedule

Instructor:  Madan Mittal
Email:  You may contact me directly through the Sakai website.  Alternatively, you may also contact me at madanlmittal@gmail.com. If you are going to be absent from class, please use this e-mail to notify me.
Office Hours: I will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM and by appointment in Room 332 Armitage Hall.

Course Objective
This course examines various dimensions of social control of business. While emphasis is placed on antitrust regulation, careful attention is also given to public utility regulation, public enterprises, safety, health, environmental, and other regulatory issues of concern to the public.

Learning Objectives 
 After completing this course, the student will be able to

  1. Relate law to everyday events with which they are already familiar (or with which they are familiarizing themselves in other business courses).
  2. Understand the context and essential concepts across the entire range of legal issues with which managers and business executives must grapple.
  3. Utilize the vocabulary and legal acumen necessary for businesspeople to talk in an educated way to their customers, employees, suppliers, government officials—and to their own lawyers.

After this course, students will have a comprehensive knowledge of  legal and regulatory issues arising in business.

Textbook and Other Required Materials
Text Book:         Government Regulation and the Legal Environment of Business v 1.0
Publisher:           Flat World Knowledge
ISBN #:               978-1-4533-4327-2

Students should have a non-programmable calculator. No exam may be taken with a programmable calculator or cell phone.

Course Requirements and Grade Evaluation
Grades will be based on your performance in Homework, Quizzes, Midterm Exam and Final Exam. 

   Evaluation Tool      Weight
   Homework                20%
   Quizzes                     20%
   Midterm Exam          20%
   Final Exam               40%

Letter Grades
A      85.0-100.0             B+   78.0-84.9          B     71.0-77.9

C+   64.0-70.9               C      57.0-63.9          D     50.0-56.9

F      Below 50.0

Homework Assignments, Class Prep & Participation
Students are responsible for reading the chapters, preparing assigned problems and analysis for discussion before each class. Do them early to avoid any emergencies preventing your completion by the due date.

Please access the Sakai site regularly for any updates or notices.

Exam Policy
Questions are based on assigned textbook readings, homework problems and class lectures and discussions. You are responsible for concepts that are assigned in the readings even if they are not explicitly covered in class.

Final Exam
Grades of incomplete will not be given to students who do not take the final exam unless I am contacted prior to submitting my grades with written documentation of hospitalization, etc. Students who do not take the final exam and do not present credible written documentation will receive a zero on the final.

Academic Integrity
Cheating or the appearance of cheating will result in an automatic F for the course. I encourage working together on homework; however, hand in individual assignments.

Attendance/Class Participation and Rules
Active participation in class discussions is important for the success of our class. Please give me an email notification if you must miss class. Please turn off speaker/sound on all cell phones, headphones, personal computer and electronic devices before class begins.

Statement on Academic Freedom
Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. I ask that you respect each other’s opinions, especially when they differ from your own.

Students with Disabilities
I ask any student with a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability to inform me as soon as possible. The Office of Disability Services (856-225-6442) is part of the Rutgers-Camden Learning Center located in Armitage Hall, EOF Office Suite, Rooms 358-368. Tim Pure, is the Disability Services Coordinator. He can be reached by contacting the Rutgers-Camden Learning Center at (856) 225-6442 or at tpure@camden.rutgers.edu. Also, visit the Office of Disability Services website http://learn.camden.rutgers.edu/disability/disabilities.html

Together, we will coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

Reading Assignments
A list of reading Assignments for the semester is shown below.  Additions and changes will be communicated to you separately.

Week      Read

1             Chapters 1 and 2
2             Chapter 2 and Appendix Ch. 2
3             Chapters 3 and 4
4             Homework 1 is due, Chapters 4 and 5  
5             Quiz 1 and Chapter 6
6             Review Quiz 1 and Chapter 7
7             Homework 2 is due, Chapters 7 and 8
8             Mid-Term Exam and Chapter 9
9             Review Mid-Term Exam, Chapter 10
10           Chapters 10 and 11
11           Homework 3 is due, Chapters 13 and 14
12           Quiz 2 and Chapter 15
13           Homework 4 due, Review Quiz 2 and Chapter 16
14           Chapters 16 and 17