Law of Torts - 2018

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Unit summary

OJD120

  • 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 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Memo of Advice (25%) , Exercises - Practice Aspects (25%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
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Domestic 4,440.00

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.

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 — Memo of Advice (25%)
  • Exercises — Practice Aspects (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

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.

NumberTopic
1Introduction and Battery
2Assault and False Imprisonment
3Trespass to Land and Nuisance
4Trespass to Goods and Defences to Intentional Torts
5Defamation and Damages
6Negligence: Duty of Care
7Negligence: Breach of Duty
8Negligence in Particular Situations
9Negligence: Causation
10Negligence: Defences
11Remedies and Vicarious / Concurrent Liability

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.

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