This course introduces students to tort and contract laws. The first portion of this course focuses on tort laws, exploring the distinctions between intentional and negligent torts, the defences that the person being sued may raise, and the conditions that must be met for the plaintiff to be awarded compensation. In the second portion of this course students examine the principles of contract law that have been developed primarily by common law courts of England and Canada and the role contract law plays in Canadian society and its economy. Students learn how contracts are formed, what elements must be present to constitute a valid, enforceable agreement, what factors might affect the contractual relationship, and how contracts come to an end. Remedies available to the innocent party where there is a breach of contractual terms are also covered.
Introduction to the Legal System or equivalent knowledge and experience.
Students enrolled in this course receive text and/or other related resource materials. There is a final exam to evaluate student progress for this course. Participants who receive 70% or higher overall will receive a certificate.
Module 1: Introduction to Contracts
Module 2: Protecting Weaker Parties
Module 3: Contractual Defects and Rights
Module 4: Interpretation and Discharge of a Contract
Module 5: Introduction to Torts
Module 6: Negligence and Defences to Intentional Torts
Module 7: Special Categories and Defences to Negligence
Module 8: Vicarious Liability and Damages in Tort
Program: Legal Programs
Of interest to: Those who are planning to work in a legal department or law firm.
Course aim: To familiarize students with the law of torts and the principles of contract law.
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