Tort and Contract Law

Course Info:

Course Introduction

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.

Course Prerequisites

Introduction to the Legal System or equivalent knowledge and experience.

Course Notes

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.

Course Breakdown

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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