Torts - Part A

Course code LAWS1003AUnits 10Level 1000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

LLB courses are only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. The separate elements of the sequence must be completed in consecutive terms ie without an intervening term.

Examines the rules of law by which liability for civil wrongs is imposed. Both common law and statutory schemes are considered, including defences, remedies and the assessment of damages.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe objectives of the course are to promote and enhance:
1. Knowledge and understanding of legal process and methods.
2. Knowledge and understanding of substantive areas of the law of tort.
3. Critical appreciation of the role of tort law in the civil justice system and contemporary Australian society more generally.
4. Ability to employ legal techniques and approaches to resolve practical problems in tort.
ContentThis course will introduce students to the rules and processes of law which impose liability for civil wrongs including:

1. Historical Background and Contemporary Issues
2. Intentional Torts
3. Negligence
4. Strict Liability Torts, including Liability for Animals and Breach of Statutory Duty
5. Vicarious Liability and Non-Delegable Duty
6. Remedies and Assessment of Damages
7. Overview of Non-Tortious Compensation Schemes
8. Remedies
10.Assessment of Damages
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces the course LAWS2003A for those students who are enrolling in the LLB in 2010 and subsequent years.
Transition(a) Students who have successfully completed Legal System and Method LAWS1001A and LAWS1001B, and Criminal Law LAWS1002A and LAWS1002B, prior to 2010, should not enrol in LAWS1003A and LAWS1003B. They should enrol in LAWS2003A and LAWS2003B.
(b) LAWS1003A and LAWS1003B are not available to students who have successfully completed LAWS2003A and LAWS2003B.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo assumed knowledge, but usually LAWS1001A and LAWS1001B, Legal System and Method, will be undertaken at the same time as this course.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsA mid-semester assignment
Examination: FormalAn examination at the end of semester
Group/tutorial participation and contributionA small component of the assessment for this course will be based on student general participation in tutorial discussions
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesTutorial presentation and written report
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LAWS1003A