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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Pre-requisites

Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 Legal Research and Writing AND LAW10157 Australian Legal System

Anti-requisites

Not available for students admitted to an LLB course.

Unit aim

Explores the enforcement of private rights created by civil law. Students analyse the fundamental principles of the law of torts and develop the vocational skills required by paralegals to work in this area of the law.

Unit content

Topic 1 Definition and description of torts 
Topic 2 Duty of care 
Topic 3 The standard of care 
Topic 4 Causation 
Topic 5 Defences to negligence 
Topic 6 Assessment of damages for personal injuries 
Topic 7 Vicarious liability and non-delegable duties 
Topic 8 Intentional torts and private nuisance 
Topic 9 Litigation: Civil procedure 
Topic 10 Case study: Motor vehicle accidents 
Topic 11 Case study: The 'stolen generations' litigation 
Topic 12 Torts: New directions and revision

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 explain the role of tort law and how it has been impacted by legislative change, demonstrate legal writing skills appropriate to the role of a paralegal
2 identify the elements of an action for negligence and for certain other torts
3 describe the processes by which claims for compensation are pursued and damages are assessed
4 apply to factual situations the principles of liability to pay compensation.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the role of tort law and how it has been impacted by legislative change, demonstrate legal writing skills appropriate to the role of a paralegal
  2. identify the elements of an action for negligence and for certain other torts
  3. describe the processes by which claims for compensation are pursued and damages are assessed
  4. apply to factual situations the principles of liability to pay compensation.

Prescribed texts

  • Davis, J, 2012, Connecting with Tort Law, Oxford University Press.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.