Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesModelled through presentations and explicitly addressed in seminars; developed through student preparation for seminars and assessment.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in LMJD


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Focus: Torts

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorDavies M and Malkin I





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Employ advanced digital and conventional research skills in the area of tort law
02. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the key legal doctrines that underpin Australian tort law
03. Evaluate tort claims in a given fact situation, using appropriate legal doctrine
04. Collaborate effectively in solving legal problems in the area of tort law
05. Compose a written legal opinion that addresses a problem in tort law
06. Critically analyse tort law in its social economic and ethical context

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.50 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 6.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Problem Solving Exercise (1500 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Policy Essay (1500 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO6

2 hour Open Book Examination (2000 word equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6