Torts Law – JURI 560

CG • Section 8WK • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/19/2021

Course Description

A study of intentional torts against persons and property and the privileges thereto. It focuses on the basic principles of negligence and other standards of care. A survey of the remaining issues in negligence including particular duties of landowners, damages, joint and several liability, and defenses. It also deals with products liability, wrongful death, vicarious liability, and nuisance.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course will introduce the student to tort law. The study of torts is essential for the legal professional as many legal questions encountered in practice will involve tort law in some fashion. The student who studies and masters these concepts will be prepared for the practice of law and will better understand other legal topics as he/she is presented in his/her studies.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Read and analyze legal materials in order to assimilate their teachings and articulate understanding of these legal materials.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of biblical and historical foundations of tort law, the premises on which rules of law are based, and the relationship between judicial opinions and statutory law.
  3. Identify legal issues in factual scenarios and accurately state and apply principles and rules of tort law.
  4. Recognize risk factors for injuries and tort claims in a business context.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

The student will complete 3 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 400 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module: Week. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 200 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday following week of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 2 scholarly citations in Bluebook format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in Bluebook format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include the textbook, law review articles, peer-reviewed journal articles, and the Bible.

Intentional Torts Assignment

The student is required to write a substantive essay of at least 500 words that demonstrate course-related knowledge. The essay must be double-spaced and in current Bluebook format and cite at least 2 sources.

The student is required to write a substantive essay of at least 500 words that demonstrate course-related knowledge. The essay must be double-spaced and in current Bluebook format and cite at least 2 sources.

Biblical Torts Research Paper Assignment

The student will research and locate appropriate passages from the Bible that illustrate biblical examples of the application of tort law. The research paper must be 6–8 pages, double-spaced and in 12-point font, exclusive of end notes. The paper must be in current Bluebook format and cite at least 5 sources, including Scripture.

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for assigned modules. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain a combination of 25 multiple-choice, true/false questions, and short essay questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Quiz: Comprehensive Final

The final quiz will cover the Learn materials for all 8 modules. The final quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and 3 essay questions, and have a time limit of 2 hours and 30 minutes.