Subject details

Upon successful completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics

    • Introduction and Battery
    • Assault and False Imprisonment
    • Trespass to Land and Nuisance
    • Trespass to Goods and Defences to Intentional Torts
    • Defamation and Damages
    • Negligence: Duty of Care
    • Negligence: Breach of Duty
    • Negligence in Particular Situations
    • Negligence: Causation
    • Negligence: Defences
    • Remedies and Vicarious / Concurrent Liability
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
    • Online Materials

      • Audio-Video streaming

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject assists with the development of students legal interviewing and legal problem solving skills. Students work in groups and engage in a legal firm simulation.

  • Assignment 1 - Practice Aspects (25%)
  • Assignment 2 - Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Memo of Advice (25%)

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.

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