Tort Law – PLST 225

CG • Section 8WK • 01/03/2020 to 06/11/2020 • Modified 02/07/2022

Course Description

This course is a study of the system for compensating persons injured by others and includes principles of intentional torts and privileges thereto, and principles of negligence.

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

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to impart to students the historic foundations and contemporary common and statutory law principles applicable to tort injuries and their redress so that students can understand and evaluate factual scenarios to identify tort issues and correctly apply pertinent law.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, Bible readings, and Mindtap lecture presentations.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Students will complete Discussions in Module 1: Week 1 – Module 3: Week 3 and Module 5: Week 5 – Module 7: Week 7. In each Module: Week a Discussion is due, students will be presented with thought-provoking prompts to which they will post responses in one new thread. The total length of thread should be at least 300 words, though more words are often necessary to fully answer the week’s question prompts. The thread should include at least 2 distinct sources, one of which should be the textbook itself. This thread is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday. As part of this Discussion students will read their classmates’ threads and post a 150-word reply to the threads of at least 2 other students by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday. Please see the assignment instructions and rubric for more details.

News Article Review Assignments (2)

In Module 4: Week 4 and Module 8: Week 8, the student should submit a brief essay discussing current news articles that discuss a torts court case or discuss policy or legal trends that directly relate to the subject matter of tort law. News articles used for this assignment should come from the newspaper, a news program, or some other reputable news source (either traditional such as a newspaper or news magazine, or from a reputable online source). Each essay should be no less than half a page, 12-point font, with one-inch margins. Full citations for the articles should be provided, and, if possible, the text of the article itself should be included with the submission.

Quizzes (6)

There will be six open-note, open-book quizzes in the course. Each quiz will be timed at 60 minutes and composed of 25 true/false and multiple-choice questions. The students will need to carefully review all the reading to answer all 25 questions successfully.