Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Torts I 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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the key legal principles relevant to the substantive areas of the law of tort and apply them to resolve legal problems.

2. Reflect critically on the role of the law of tort in the civil justice system and contemporary Australian society more generally.

3. Analyse case law, statutes and secondary legal materials relevant to the law of tort and develop concise notes in relation to those materials.

4. Evaluate competing policy considerations and their impact on the development of the law of tort.

5. Create persuasive and appropriately structured legal arguments on tort law issues and problems, both orally and in writing.

6. Orally present and defend arguments in interactive dialogue with the teacher and peers in a style consistent with professional client consultations, mediation, negotiation and court appearances.


This course (together with Torts II as part of the full first year course of study) 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
  9. Assessment of Damages
  10. Parties

(Items marked with an asterisk * are those covered in detail in Torts I.)


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010 Legal System and Method I, should be undertaken at the same time, or prior to, as this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Torts quiz

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Workshop - case and problem discussions and written answers to one week's problem questions

Formal Examination: Open Book Examination

Participation: Attendance at seminars and workshops *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Attendance at all classes (seminars and workshops) will be monitored and records maintained by the Course Coordinator; In order to satisfy the “Attendance” requirement, students must be present at a minimum of 80% of scheduled classes as spelled out in the course outline, unless they are able to demonstrate that their absence falls within the Adverse Circumstances policy; Unless this requirement is met, despite marks awarded in other assessment items, the student will receive a zero mark and an FF grade for the course.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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