If you're studying this unit in Melbourne, it's delivered in our First Year Model from semester 1, 2018. Instead of juggling four units at once, you'll focus on this one unit across a four-week period.

The unit of study will examine the principles of negligence and its role in allocating liability for personal injuries and economic loss. Defences, remedies and the assessment of damages for negligence will also be examined. The unit of study will also consider the appropriate context within which alternative compensation schemes might operate. Other torts will also be considered during the unit of study including areas such as trespass, and nuisance.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BLB1115

Prerequisites

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

Plus 2 Level 1 Law units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the essential elements of the major causes of action in tort;  
  2. Map the process by which actions in tort have developed over time and justify its current relevance;  
  3. Evaluate the arguments for and against "no-fault" legislative schemes as applicable to given problems in the area of tort law in current Australian society;  
  4. Explain the theoretical rationale for particular actions in tort;  
  5. Critically analyse the courts' interpretation of key sections of relevant legislation applicable to the torts studied; and  
  6. Contextualise knowledge of the law of negligence and trespass by analysing contemporary hypothetical fact situations and advise on likely possible legal outcomes in the manner of a legal practitioner advising and acting for a client.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Test 10%
Assignment Research assignment (1500 words) Week 3 40%
Examination Final Examination (2.5 hours (plus 30 min reading time) 50%

Required reading

Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic) (as amended)

Torts: A practical Learning Approach 3rd Edition.
Clarke, A., Devereaux,J., Werren,J. and O'Reilly, J. 2014
LexisNexis

Various other materials as directed by lecturer.

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