The course will familiarize the student with the substantive law of torts. Concentration will be in three main areas – intentional torts, strict liability torts, and negligence law. The student will study torts related to property, personal injury, and economic relations. The course will also examine various equitable remedies and defenses that are raised within a tort case.
- To understand and apply the key concepts of the common law of torts, with reference to the basis of liability, the forms of action in the law of torts, the interests protected by the law of torts and the adaptability of tort law to the changing needs and values of society.
- Appreciate diversity and racial, cultural and gender values specifically in the context of tort law.
- Demonstrate ability to identify, comprehend and relate relevance and importance of legal and factual issues and to develop argument in response to a problem in the context of tort law.
- Demonstrate ability to concisely articulate coherent oral argument within a group discussion of tort law principles and issues.
- Understand the nature of the lawyer’s duty to the client and to demonstrate an ability to recognize and resolve an issue of an ethical nature with guidance.