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HOST 170 - Legal Issues in Hospitality & Tourism Management

5 Credits
This management-level course features safety, security, risk management, liability, insurance, and other general legal knowledge effective hospitality and tourism providers need in order to be successful. The course begins with an assessment of general understandings of terms used widely in the legal field. The class continues with the application of terms and ideas situationally to the hospitality and tourism industries. For example, guest rights such as contracts, waivers, and reservations are viewed within the greater construct of the legal system. Finally, case studies related to emphasis areas of hospitality and tourism (e.g. airlines, lodging, F&B, casinos, theme parks) are investigated. 


Quarters Typically Offered
Winter Day, Online
Designed to Serve Students interested in hospitality and tourism and/or the legal field are urged to complete this management-level course.
Active Date 20210311T08:50:23

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 32
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline
Learners completing this course will comprehend legal issues, in business in general and specific to hospitality and tourism, in the following areas:

  • Safety, security, risk management, and liability 
  • Responsibilities of HOST managers
  • The structure of businesses
  • Foundational elements of the legal system in the USA 
  • Licensing and regulation
  • Emphasis areas of hospitality and tourism (e.g. airlines, theme parks, lodging, F&B). 

Student Learning Outcomes
Learners will plan risk management strategies to mitigate safety, security, and liability concerns.

Learners will compare responsibilities of HOST managers situationally in case studies.

Learners will determine legal relationships between operators, guests, and other patrons including protecting property, innkeeper rights, and guest rights.

Learners will explain business structures and the responsibilities and legal issues associated with each structure.

Learners will devise management plans to mitigate operator risks with respect to the sale and service of food, alcohol, smoking, weapons, and other legal concerns.

Learners will debate employment law including resume fraud, the Fair Labor Standards Act, job discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, unions, OSHA, mandatory verification of employment status, and more.

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