Note: This is the first of several blog posts devoted to Week 5/Module 5 of my business law summer course.
We are now moving into Week 5 of my “Summer A” survey course in business law. My university went to remote instruction until further notice, so this course is entirely online. As a result, to make the best of a bad situation (online ed is no substitute for face-to-face classes, in my view), I have been using the surprise hit Netflix show Tiger King to explore the legal and ethical environments of business and to make the course as entertaining and engaging as possible. In this post, I will provide a general overview of Week 5 of the course and describe the contents of Module 5.
To the point, when most people think of “law” they probably conjure up images of criminal or civil trials, so Week 5 of the course is devoted to “Civil and Criminal Cases.” Tiger King is especially on point this week, since two of the main protagonists of the docuseries, Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, were involved in protracted civil litigation and since Joe Exotic himself was convicted of murder-for-hire. Accordingly, my module on Civil and Criminal Cases is divided into seven parts as follows:
- A. Intro Video, Textbook Chapters, & Theme Song
- B. Civil Actions Against Joe Exotic
- C. Criminal Charges Against Joe Exotic
- D. Don Lewis Cold Case
- E. Due Process & the Burdens of Proof
- F. Settle or Go to Trial?
- G. Quiz & Discussion Post
Again, because of my Tiger King theme, all of the sections in this module features artifacts, reading materials, and video clips that are specific to the Tiger King docuseries. Also, because this summer course is a short one (it ends next week!), my coverage of civil and criminal cases will focus mostly on the ideal of due process and on the burdens of proof. But once again, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. We will delve into the details of Module 5 during the rest of this week; in the meantime, below are some screenshots of the homepage of my course for Week 5 (the Canvas App version is below the fold):
Canvas App version: