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Warning! This unit contains mature content and may not be suitable for some students. Any student under the age of 16 who would like to enrol in this unit must first complete a Parental Consent Form.

Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to torts
    • Principles of tort liability, overview of negligence & duty of care
    • The duty of care
    • Breach of the duty of care
    • Damage
    • Professional negligence & pure economic loss
    • Damages & defences
    • Intentional infliction of purely economic loss - an overview and vicarious liability
    • Defamation
    • Trespass
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Glossary
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

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

  1. explain the requirements (elements) of a range of different torts that impact on professionals in business
  2. apply relevant legal concepts and principles to analyse and solve a case study
  3. communicate legal concepts effectively in written and oral activities using clear, concise and appropriate language.
  • Assignment 1 - Written assignment (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Final exam (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Oral and Problem based (30%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

Meaning of a tort, compensation outside the torts system. Negligence: duty of care, breach of duty, causation and remoteness, assessment of damages and defences. Professional negligence. Intentional infliction of purely economic loss. Defamation. Trespass. Class actions. Societal Demands.

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