This four-unit, single-semester course examines civil wrongs not arising from a breach of contract. It explores several theories for holding such wrongdoers liable - including intentional torts, negligence and strict liability - and the defenses that may be asserted in response.
For each theory and defense, it analyzes the law's substantive bases, evidentiary requirements, historical antecedents and policy implications. It covers topics as diverse and important as duty, standard of care, causation, harm, intent, privilege, deterrence, punishment, compensation and loss spreading.
Sensitive to social context, it considers the current interrelationship among tort law and various social systems - like the criminal justice, legislative, regulatory and private insurance systems - and assesses the law's future in light of these and other alternatives.