Torts - Part B

10 Units

This course is a multi-term sequence. Parts A & B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. The separate elements of the sequence must be completed in consecutive terms ie without an intervening term. It examines the rules of law by which liability for civil wrongs is imposed. Both common law and statutory schemes are considered, including defences, remedies and the assessment of damages.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the full year study of Torts students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of legal process and methods, and substantive areas of the law of tort.
  2. Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise information on the role of tort law in the civil justice system and contemporary Australian society.
  3. Identify legal principles and employ legal techniques and approaches to resolve complex practical problems in the area of tort law.
  4. Critically read, analyse and reflect on case law and statutes, learning within a collaborative environment.
  5. Research primary and secondary legal materials in a timely and accurate fashion, so as to access recent developments in the area as well as the foundational doctrines.
  6. Present a clear and reflective analysis of complex competing policy considerations;
  7. Structure and present a coherent and persuasive argument using legal data, both orally and in writing, in accordance with legal professional practice.

This course will introduce students to the rules and processes of law which impose liability for civil wrongs including:

  1. Historical Background and Contemporary Issues
  2. Intentional Torts
  3. Negligence
  4. Strict Liability Torts, including Liability for Animals and Breach of Statutory Duty
  5. Vicarious Liability and Non-Delegable Duty
  6. Remedies and Assessment of Damages
  7. Overview of Non-Tortious Compensation Schemes
  8. Remedies
  9. Assessment of Damages
  10. Parties
Replacing Course(s) na
Transition na
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6001 Legal System and Method and LAWS6002A Torts - Part A.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - A mid-semester assignment in Torts A examining legal and policy issues relating to subject matter covered relating to intentional torts and related liability principles
  • Examination: Formal - An examination at the end of each semester
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - A component of the assessment for this course will be based on student general participation in tutorial discussions
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Tutorial presentation and written report
Contact Hours
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS6002B1

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