Tort Law – PLST 225

CG • Section • 01/03/2020 to 06/11/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites

None

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Identify and explain the elements of various causes of action in tort law.
    2. Read and analyze legal materials related to intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, and public image torts.
    3. Understand the significance of the law and articulate this understanding in writing.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of biblical and historical foundations of tort law.
    5. Identify legal issues in factual scenarios and accurately state and apply rules of tort law while properly citing to sources.
    6. Distinguish between the various types of damages and when they apply.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board forums (6)

Students will complete Discussion Board forums in Modules/Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7. Each week a Discussion Board forum 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 Board assignment, students will read their classmates’ threads and post a 100-word reply to at 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 (2)

In Modules/Weeks 4 and 8, the student should a submit 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. Article Review 1 is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of module/week 4. News Article Review 2 is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of module/week 8. Please see the assignment instructions and rubric for more details.

Quizzes (6)

There will be an open-note, open-book quiz due by the end of 6 of the 8 modules/weeks of 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.