Undergraduate Contracts – GOVT 404

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the basic principles and laws which govern contracts.

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

Contract law focuses on an important aspect of understanding the American legal system, having a role in diverse consumer, business, property, and organizational relationships. Furthermore, studying the law of contract-making and contract enforcement provides learners a foundation for understanding and applying many other areas of the law.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the basic elements of a contract, including offer, acceptance, and consideration.
  2. Recognize the biblical foundation for enforcing promises
  3. Distinguish freedom of contract, the bargaining process, and pre-contractual liability.
  4. Apply the principles governing contracts, including interpretation, modification, performance, excuse for basic assumptions, breach, and remedies for breach.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate’s thread. The reply must be at least 125 words. References must include the Bible and be in current Bluebook format.

Case Study Paper

The student will write a 2–3-page research-based paper that focuses on legal doctrine case study. The paper must include at least 2 references from the course textbook, case law, or other legal authority sources and be in current Bluebook format.

Judicial Opinion Evaluation

The student will write a 2–3-page paper based on the Reading & Study material from Module/Week 6 that focuses on a judicial opinion. The paper must reflect his/her review of the opinion and respond to prompts provided in the assignment. The paper must include at least 2 references from the course textbook, case law, or other legal authority sources and be in current Bluebook format.

Opinion Drafting Paper

The student will write a 2–3-page paper responding to the specific writing prompts provided in the assignment. The paper will focus on the facts of a hypothetical legal dispute between 2 parties involving the legal doctrine of “substantial performance.” The student will draft a legal opinion applying the “substantial performance” doctrine to the hypothetical dispute, justifying the outcome based on legal authority and analysis. The paper must include at least 2 references from the course textbook, case law, or other legal authority sources and be in current Bluebook format.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 22 multiple-choice, true/false, and/or essay questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Final Exam

The final exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–8. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 42 multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.