Law of Torts - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment (25%) , Exercises - Role Play & Written Advice (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the legal environment and compensation framework underpinning redress for damage or injury to one’s person, security or property in a common law system. It includes an exploration of the elements of a number of recognised torts including intentional torts; trespass to the person, land and goods and unintentional torts in particular negligence. The unit assists with the development of students legal interviewing and legal problem solving skills. Students work in groups and engage in a legal firm simulation.

This unit requires students to participate in mock trials in Melbourne. Dates will be advised after enrolment, but generally will only consist of one weekend.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal framework within which the torts liability system operates (including both common law and statutory law); 
  2. analyse and research complex problems relating to tort law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
  3. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to tort law and generate appropriate responses
  4. show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences through engagement with legal interviewing and legal problem solving in a law firm simulation.
  • Assignment (25%)
  • Exercises — Role Play & Written Advice (25%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access
  • Some on campus attendance

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

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the law of torts
2Intentional torts
3Intentional torts: intentional torts to the person
4Intentional torts: interference with goods
5Trespass to land
6Defences to intentional torts
7Negligence: an introduction
8Duty in specific situations
9Select duty categories
10Breach in the standard of care
11Causation and remoteness of damage
13Vicarious and concurrent liability
15Remedies in tort

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • The New Law of Torts

    By:Danuta Mendelson

    ISBN: 9780195525069


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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