Torts Law (11278.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra Law School||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand the wide range of areas of human activity in which tort law applies by means of negligence and other torts, such as trespass, defamation and nuissance;
2. Apply the principles of risk, content, tort, vicarious and concurrent liability, defences and assessment of damages found in the common law and legislation to practical problems;
3. Identify: - the policy issues associated with balancing the interests of the parties to torts actions as well as the broader social implications for torts, and - the nature and effect of tort reform; and
4. Reflect on the suitability of tort law, its development, reform and the related legislative compensation schemes.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Tort Law is representative of the evolving synthesis between case law and statutory law in Australia. It is sufficiently dynamic to be interesting and is sufficiently relevant to be a good introduction to legal practise. As such, it addresses a range of graduate attributes for people intending to enter legal practise or otherwise.
Prerequisites11251 Foundations of Law and Justice
CorequisitesThis unit is only available to students in a Bachelor of Laws course.
Incompatible units11435 Torts Law G
Equivalent units7042 Law of Obligations
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Flexible||Dr Benedict Sheehy|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Flexible||Dr Benedict Sheehy|
The text book for the unit is Richards, Bernadette and Melissa de Zwart, Tort Law Principles (Thomson Reuters, 2nd, 2016). The text book is available from publisher, 'The School Locker' and a variety of other sources. All of the lecture readings will refer to page numbers from the 2nd edition.
I have not set a case book as a mandatory text. Students will need to review Torts cases as we progress through the unit, so you will need access to a resource. I prefer Sappideen, Carolyn, Prue Vines and Penelope Watson,Torts: Commentary and Materials (Thomson Reuters, 13th, 2021).
Please note that Torts is a cumulative subject. Understanding needs to be developed week by week. Students who take that strategy are much more likely to be successful in the unit.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
None, although students will draft advice letters which simulate a task required in everyday practise.