Torts - Part B

10 Units

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 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, 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
Multi-Term Sequence This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.
  • The 'A' component of this Multi-Term Sequence Course must be taken prior to enrolment in the 'B' component.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6001 Legal System and Method and LAWS6002A Torts - Part A.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Torts A: Legal and policy Issues to intentional torts and related liability principles
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Engagement and Exercises
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case scenario/PBL Exercises
  • Formal Examination: Formal Exam
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for LAWS6002B
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