Law of Torts
Become familiar with the legal environment and compensation framework in a common law system that enables redress for damage or injury to a person, security or property. Gain interviewing and legal problem solving skills.
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Upon successful completion of this subject you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal framework within which the torts liability system operates (including both common law and statutory law)
- Analyse and research complex problems relating to tort law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
- Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to tort law and generate appropriate responses
- 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.
- Please refer to RMIT University’s Learning Management System - Canvas, for further details
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:
No additional 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.
A key activity you will undertake as students of Torts is a “PAJD” (Practice Aspects in the Juris Doctor) session on a Saturday in the middle of semester. Dates will be advised at the beginning of the Semester. This involves a ‘practical law firm experience’ session of approximately 1 hour, and is a component of the subject which will require you to either undertake the assessment online through video technology, or attend at RMIT Melbourne (City Campus) Building 13 on that day.
Please note that attendance on campus is optional, but you will need to let the course convener know in advance by the stipulated date.
The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
- Assesssment Task 1 - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3 (25%)
- Assessment Task 2 - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 (25%)
- Invigilated Exam - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3 (50%)
Current study term: 17 Jul 22 to 23 Oct 22
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