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, defamation and nuisance.

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BLB1102 - Contracts 1

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

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 type Description Grade
Test Online Test 10%
Assignment Research assignment 40%
Examination Final Examination 50%

Required reading

Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic) (as amended)

Australian Torts Law 4th Edition
Stickley, A 2016

Various other materials as directed by lecturer.

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