Introduction to Torts
An introduction to torts for non-lawyers. You’ll focus on compensation and how recent statutory tort reforms have affected common law remedies. Gain a variety of legal skills, including writing, research, analysis and problem solving.
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- 13 Jul 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- 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
- understand and evaluate the role of public policy and competing ideological views in shaping the law of accident compensation in Australia
- understand and apply the common law of negligence, as amended by relevant legislation, as it relates to injury and accident compensation
- understand the basis and operation of statutory schemes of accident compensation, particularly workers' compensation
- develop and practise skills in applying accident compensation theory to existing compensation systems in Australian jurisdictions
- develop and practise skills in hypothetical problem solving in personal injury and accident cases.
- 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)
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:
GRF-LAW730-Introduction to Law & Legal Reasoning, or GRF-LAW7300 ;
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.
- Hypothetical problem (25%)
- Case Note E-Portfolio (30%)
- Policy issues Report (45%)
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