Intro to Torts - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Hypothetical problem (25%) , Assignment 2 - Case Note E-Portfolio (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,750.00
International 3,000.00

This unit is designed to provide an introduction to torts for non-lawyers that complements their work environment. While a general overview of torts is provided, the content focuses upon core aspects of the private law governing compensation of injuries, both physical and psychological. Emphasis is placed upon common law remedies arising out of the law of negligence and non-intentional tort, as affected and modified by recent statutory tort reforms. These include the related torts of breach of statutory duty and statutory schemes, such as workers' compensation. There is a focus upon a variety of legal skills, including writing, research, analysis and problem solving.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse the aims and goals of accident compensation law and the efficacy of the current systems of accident compensation (common law and statutory; fault and no fault) in meeting those aims and goals
  2. understand and evaluate the role of public policy and competing ideological views in shaping the law of accident compensation in Australia
  3. understand and apply the common law of negligence, as amended by relevant legislation, as it relates to injury and accident compensation
  4. understand the basis and operation of statutory schemes of accident compensation, particularly workers' compensation
  5. develop and practise skills in applying accident compensation theory to existing compensation systems in Australian jurisdictions
  6. develop and practise skills in hypothetical problem solving in personal injury and accident cases.
  • Assignment 1 — Hypothetical problem (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Case Note E-Portfolio (30%)
  • Paper — Policy issues Report (45%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LAW7302 — Introduction to Torts

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to torts law
2Introduction to aims and goals of accident compensation law
3Overview of elements of negligence
4Overview of legislative reforms
5Social insurance and no fault schemes (particularly workers' compensation)

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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