Tort Law is a compulsory subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. The subject focuses on the elements of liability in the tort of negligence, including duty of care, breach of duty, damages, and defences to liability. Attention is also 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. Emphasis is placed on the development of legal research and reasoning skills.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Law|
|Subject title:||Tort Law|
Delivery & attendance
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Students must be admitted into an approved Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange student.
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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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the following legal topics: the fundamental elements of the tort of negligence; the assessment of tort damages; and the role of negligence within the system of accident compensation as a whole.
- Demonstrate competency in exercising the following skill at an intermediate level, with creativity, initiative and judgment: legal research and reasoning.
- Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, including a commitment to: learning and working independently and reflectively; behaving ethically and responsibly; and managing time effectively and meeting deadlines.
|Class Participation||Class participation may consist of in class presentation, video assessment and/or online activities.||20%||Weekly||1, 2, 3.|
|Written Research Exercise||Skills Assessment - Legal research and reasoning||30%||Week 6||1, 2, 3.|
|Take-home Examination||Final Assessment||50%||Final Examination Period||1, 3.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Policy on late submission and extensions
A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.
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Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
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Additional subject information
Students may be asked to respond to questions from the subject coordinator regarding the content of their assessments. Students are expected to keep evidence of drafting and research.
This lecture will provide an overview of the tort of negligence and the general principles involved in personal injury compensation. We will also briefly consider alternative compensation schemes.
This lecture will focus on the element of duty of care. In this lecture we will consider a number of established categories of duty, clarify the scope of those duties, and distinguish those duties from novel duties.
This lecture will examine topics in negligence that raise particular complexities, especially in establishing duties of care. We will focus on the categories of pure omissions and problematic kinds of harm, in particular, mental harm.
This lecture will examine the principles involved in determining a breach of duty.
This lecture will further examine the principles involved in determining a breach of duty.
This lecture will examine the principles governing factual causation in negligence - that is, the requirement that the defendant's breach of duty be a necessary condition of the plaintiff's harm.
This lecture will focus on the scope of the defendant's liability for the plaintiff's harm, with a focus on intervening acts and remoteness of damage.
This lecture will examine certain of the defences available to a claim in negligence, including contributory negligence, voluntary assumption of risk, and dangerous recreational activities.
This lecture will examine the general principles that govern the assessment of damages in tort.
This lecture will further examine the general principles that govern the assessment of damages in tort. This lecture will also outline the general principles that govern concurrent liability.
This lecture will revisit some of the themes of the course with a view to critically examining the effectiveness of the tort of negligence as a means of providing injury compensation, and will also revise the course as a whole.