Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is part of a multi-term sequence and must be completed either in consecutive terms or simultaneously. A student who completes both Part A and Part B in the relevant period will pass the multi-term sequence if they obtain 50% or more overall when marks from both Parts are combined.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018
  • Semester 1 - 2018

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of legal process and methods, and substantive areas of the law of tort.

2. Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise information on the role of tort law in the civil justice system and contemporary Australian society.

3. Identify legal principles and employ legal techniques and approaches to resolve complex practical problems in the area of tort law.

4. Critically read, analyse and reflect on case law and statutes, learning within a collaborative environment.

5. Research primary and secondary legal materials in a timely and accurate fashion, so as to access recent developments in the area as well as the foundational doctrines.

6. Present a clear and reflective analysis of complex competing policy considerations;

7. Structure and present a coherent and persuasive argument using legal data, both orally and in writing, in accordance with legal professional practice.

8. 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 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


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.

Assumed knowledge

Students should be undertaking LAWS 6000 LAWS6001 Legal System and Method Parts I and II at the same time as, or prior to, undertaking LAWS6002A.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Torts A: Legal and policy issues to intentional torts and related liability principles

Formal Examination: Final Open Book Exam

Quiz: Online quiz

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