Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines that body of American law intended to compensate individuals for personal injuries. This survey course explores the concepts of negligence, intentional torts, strict liability, products liability, defamation, nuisance, and misrepresentation. It will examine defenses and immunities to torts liability as well. We will identify some of the basic aims of torts law, such as compensation for injury, corrective justice, risk distribution, and deterrence and assess the torts system's success in advancing these societal aims.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUnderstanding tortsPrescribedJohn L. Diamond, Lawrence C. Levine, M. Stuart Madden4TH EDN, LEXIS PUBLISHING, 2010

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Melbourne, 2014, Week 09-09, Day


Online enrolmentNo

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGordon Walker

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 09 - 09
Five 8.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 09 to week 09 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
class participation10
one 6,000-7,000-word take-home examination90