Torts Law – JURI 560

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites:

None

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 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 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words.

Short Essays (2)

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

Complaint Drafting Exercise

The student will evaluate a given scenario and draft an appropriate complaint sufficient to establish a cause of action for negligence. The complaint must be in proper form and satisfy notice pleading in a given jurisdiction.

Biblical Torts Research Paper

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.

Tests (3)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for assigned modules/weeks. Each test 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.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will cover the Reading & Study materials for all 8 modules/weeks. The Final Exam 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.