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Introduction to Business Law

Learn the fundamentals of business law as you discover how knowledge of the legal system is crucial for all professionals.

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Explore law within a business environment

From protecting property and people’s rights to identifying potential legal issues, knowledge of business law is vital for any company. It also extends far beyond legal teams, making it important for all professionals to have an appreciation of how the law regulates businesses.

On this four-week course from Sentinel|9, you’ll gain a firm understanding of business and corporate law as well as the legal system and sources of law in Australia.

You’ll develop knowledge of the essential elements of business law as you’re guided through the main common law and statutory principles relating to the commercial environment and corporate governance.

Master the basics of corporate law

Delving into key features of corporate law, you’ll explore the concept of a separate legal entity, company formation, operation, and corporate governance.

This will include a study of the law relating to directors and management, members’ rights, and the winding up of a company to ensure you understand how corporate law affects all areas of an organisation.

Explore applications of contract law

Almost all businesses are likely to encounter contract law, a legally enforceable agreement between parties.

The course will help you explore the application of contract law to understand how it works in real-life contexts.

With your knowledge of corporate governance, you’ll examine different legal issues that can arise in the business environment and learn how to respond to them appropriately.

Exploring the bigger picture and policy issues, you’ll identify areas where the law may be deficient and how ethics benefit corporate and business law. With this understanding, you’ll critically examine the role played by law in modern society.


  • Week 1

    Fundamentals of corporate law

    • Course welcome

      Welcome to Introduction to Business Law. Let's get started!

    • Fundamentals of corporate law

      Welcome to corporate law.

    • End of Week 1 wrap up

      A review of what's been covered and looking forward to next week.

  • Week 2

    Application of law to business enterprise and contract law

    • Weekly welcome

      Find out what's happening this week.

    • Application of law to business enterprise and contract law

      Welcome to the application of law and contract law.

    • End of Week 2 wrap up

      A review of what's been covered and looking forward to next week

  • Week 3

    Insolvency, consumer law, and enterprise and business structures

    • Weekly welcome

      Find out what's happening this week.

    • Insolvency, consumer law, and enterprise and business structures

      Welcome to insolvency, consumer law, and enterprise and business structures.

    • End of Week 3 wrap up

      A review of what's been covered and looking forward to next week

  • Week 4

    Companies, trusts, corporate governance, shareholder rights and directors' duties

    • Weekly welcome

      Find out what's happening this week.

    • Companies, trusts and corporate governance

      Welcome to companies, trusts and corporate governance.

    • Shareholder rights and directors' duties

      Welcome to shareholder rights and directors' duties.

    • End of course wrap up

      It's the end of the course. Look back at what you've covered and consider what to do next.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different legal issues arising in the business environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main common law and statutory provisions which apply to institutions, personnel and commercial transactions in the Australia context.
  • Explain the benefits of ethics within the context of corporate and business law.
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesize legal principles relating to commercial transactions, corporations and other forms of business organisations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying themes and issues and the key legal principles relating to commercial transactions, and/or corporate law.
  • Apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal problems in the corporate governance contexts.
  • Identify and comment on the policy issues which arise in various topics, including the need for law reform where the law is considered deficient.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals interested in learning more about the legal system and business and corporate law.

It is most suited for those wanting to understand the legal system in Australia, but the concepts in the course will be beneficial worldwide.

Who developed the course?


Sentinel|9 is an education content provider. They provide university-level content independently to offer a different pace of learning for individuals and institutions. They have a dynamic content library and Learning Management System (LMS) which is suitable for online, blended and face-to-face delivery.


FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform and has been providing high quality online courses for learners around the world over the last ten years.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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