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LAWS11-211: Principles of Tortious Liability


Principles of Tortious Liability is a compulsory subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. Students will learn about the elements of liability in the tort of negligence, including duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and defences to liability. Attention will be paid to the general issue of the balance of risk and benefit in establishing liability and to particular problems associated with establishing a duty of care in negligence. A range of other torts will also be considered including private nuisance, trespass to land and trespass to the person. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the law of torts and their ability to engage in legal reasoning by discussing and solving complex legal problems orally and in writing.

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FacultyFaculty of Law
Study areas
  • Law

Learning outcomes

1. Identify the principles and rules of torts law. 2. Build upon (or develop) existing communication skills (both written and oral). 3. Apply the principles and rules studied to solve legal problems arising in factual scenarios. 4. Instigate the critical examination of the principles and rules of torts law. 5. Develop and present legal arguments both orally and in writing in the area of torts law. 6. Identify certain core legal skills and concepts, such as case-reading and analysis and the interaction between statute and common law.

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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