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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to torts law
    • Introduction to aims and goals of accident compensation law
    • Overview of elements of negligence
    • Overview of legislative reforms
    • Social insurance and no fault schemes (particularly workers' compensation)
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject 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%)
  • Assignment 3 - Policy issues Report (45%)

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

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • GRF-LAW7302

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

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