PRINCIPLES OF TORT LAW
Credit points: 15
Principles of Tort Law provides students with an integrated understanding of Australian tort law - the area of law encompassing private actions arising from harm to legally recognised interests, typically for a monetary award of damages. Students gain in-depth knowledge of the most significant modern tort action, namely negligence, as well as nuisance, trespass, defamation and types of strict liability. Analysis of these legal actions is also contextualised by a consideration of legislative compensation schemes in comparative jurisdictions and the interaction between the legislature and judiciary in shaping the recognition and distribution of risk of loss in society.
SchoolLa Trobe Law School
Subject Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Prerequisites LAW5PMI. LAW5PTO can be taken as a co-requisite with LAW5PMI.
Incompatible subjects LAW2TOT, LAW2TOR
Special conditions Must be admitted to Juris Doctor degree or have permission from Law Director of Programs
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Torts: Cases and Commentary 7th ed||Prescribed||Harold Luntz, David Hambly, Kylie Burns, Joachim Dietrich, Neil Foster 2013||Lexis Nexis Butterworths|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Employ advanced digital and conventional research skills in the area of tort law
- Modelled through presentations and explicitly addressed in seminars; developed through student preparation for seminars and assessment
02. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the key legal doctrines that underpin Australian tort law
- Frameworks for concepts explained and illustrated in presentations, individual student reading and analysis of cases and concepts and in-class discussions to clarify
03. Evaluate tort claims in a given fact situation, using appropriate legal doctrine
- Frameworks for doctrines explained and illustrated in presentations, individual student reading of cases and textbooks and in-class discussions to clarify.
04. Collaborate effectively in solving legal problems in the area of tort law
- Argument development and evaluation modelled through case-study examples in presentations. Individual student reading of cases and textbooks and in-class discussions to clarify. Group work in seminars and in preparation of assessment
05. Compose a written legal opinion that addresses a problem in tort law
- Modelled through analysis of written cases, individual written student seminar preparation and in-class discussion of student responses
06. Critically analyse tort law in its social economic and ethical context
- Modelled through presentations, individual student research in preparation for seminars and assessment
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City Campus, 2016, Semester 1, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
One 4.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekends during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
One 4.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
|Problem-solving task requiring composition of a legal opinion of 2000 words||40||01, 02, 03, 04, 05|
|Policy essay of 2000 words requiring research using both primary and secondary materials||40||01, 02, 06|
|1.5 hour open book examination with 30 minutes reading time||20||01, 02, 03, 05, 06|