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BUSN640 - Nonprofit Law, Governance, and Ethics

Course Details

Course Code: BUSN640 Course ID: 3909 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

A survey of the legal structure that defines and regulates the nonprofit sector and an examination of fundamental governance issues in nonprofit corporations. The focus of the course is on the board of directors (trustees) and the executive director and their fiduciary responsibilities established both by law and by the moral imperatives from actions on behalf of the public interest.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students can expect to:

  • Assess the pervasive nature of nonprofit organizations in American Life
  • Examine the legal history of charitable enterprise
  • Evaluate how the nonprofit sector is legally structured
  • Analyze how legal requirements shape nonprofit governance
  • Assess the legal and ethical responsibilities of nonprofit corporate directors
  • Evaluate how business techniques are applied to solve social problems
  • Distinguish unethical behavior in nonprofit organizations
  • Demonstrate why ethical behavior is critical in nonprofit enterprise
  • Appraise how nonprofits govern themselves
  • Evaluate how boards divide work and how they organize themselves to accomplish their public service missions

NOTE: Course materials are supplemented in the classroom lessons, assignments, and forums, and as deemed appropriate by your instructor. Students are responsible for all assigned materials.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.