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Course Details

Course Code: LSTD509 Course ID: 4052 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This graduate course will focus on the fundamental principles, concepts, and development of tort and personal injury law, while combining theoretical and practical applications of such principles and concepts. The course presents an overview of the substantive law governing compensation for injuries to property and to the person. Specific areas of study include negligence and defenses to negligence; products liability and strict liability; negligent infliction of emotional distress; injury to property; tort immunities and tort investigations. Students will examine the analytical process used both to understand court opinions and hypothetical problems in this area of the law. The course highlights the public policy objectives and social forces behind the development of tort and personal injury legislation.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
04/26/2022 - 09/30/2022 10/03/2022 - 11/27/2022 October Fall 2022 Session B 8 Week session
06/28/2022 - 12/02/2022 12/05/2022 - 01/29/2023 December Fall 2022 Session D 8 Week session
08/29/2022 - 02/03/2023 02/06/2023 - 04/02/2023 February Winter 2023 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

1. Discuss the historical roots of tort law;

2. Classify the three broad categories of torts;

3. Identify the elements of strict (absolute) liability;

4. Examine the analytical framework of an appellate court decision;

5. Analyze hypothetical problems by applying legal principles to the facts of the case;

6. Relate the tortfeasor's duty of reasonable care;

7. Outline the elements of negligence and defenses to negligence; and

8. Discuss alternative dispute resolution.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Case Brief

During Week#3, you will brief a recent Supreme Court case. This case brief counts for 5% of your grade.

Discussions:

There are eight Discussions (plus one introduction) and your participation within them counts for 40% of your grade. For full credit, you must respond to at least three of your classmates’ postings for each week/ topic. Please submit your initial response to the discussion board topic by Wednesday at midnight so your classmates can respond to your posting by Sunday. Post your responses to your classmates by the end of the week, Sunday at midnight. And, if you are asked a follow up question by your instructor, please do your best to answer the question.

Questions and topics posed in the Discussions are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Discussion is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday each week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The discussion grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the discussion entry.

Internal Memo:

Students are required to submit a five-page internal memo that addresses a complex tort law fact pattern. The internal memo should be DOUBLE SPACED. The memo counts for 10% of your grade.

FINAL AND MIDTERM EXAMINATIONS:

There are no exams in this class.

Research Assignment:

This is a very short research assignment due during Week#4 that counts for 5% of your grade.

Fact Pattern Analysis:

There are seven fact patterns that you have to analyze that ask you to apply the concepts from your readings. These fact pattern analysis assignments count for 40% of your grade.

NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Discussions 39.00 %
Week One: Public Policy of Tort Law 4.88 %
Week Two: Attractive Nuisance Doctrine - Is it Fair? 4.88 %
Week Three: Wrongful Birth Actions 4.88 %
Week Four: Fact Pattern Example 4.88 %
Week Five: Intentional Torts 4.88 %
Week Six: Owners of Domestic Animals 4.88 %
Week Seven: Tort Investigations 4.88 %
Week Eight: Discussion 4.88 %
Fact Pattern Analysis 40.00 %
Week One Fact Pattern Analysis 5.71 %
Week Two Fact Pattern Analysis 5.71 %
Week Three Fact Pattern Analysis 5.71 %
Week Four Fact Pattern Analysis 5.71 %
Week Five Fact Pattern Analysis 5.71 %
Week Six Fact Pattern Analysis 5.71 %
Week Eight Fact Pattern Analysis 5.71 %
Case Brief 5.00 %
Week Three Case Brief 5.00 %
Research Assignment 5.00 %
Week Four Research Assignment 5.00 %
Internal Memo Assignment-Week Seven 10.00 %
Internal Memo Assignment-Week Seven 10.00 %

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

1. Discuss the historical roots of tort law;

2. Classify the three broad categories of torts;

3. Identify the elements of strict (absolute) liability;

4. Examine the analytical framework of an appellate court decision;

5. Analyze hypothetical problems by applying legal principles to the facts of the case;

6. Relate the tortfeasor's duty of reasonable care;

7. Outline the elements of negligence and defenses to negligence; and

8. Discuss alternative dispute resolution.

Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 21st Ed - Style guide information available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780578666150
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$56.25
 
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.