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Gold Coast
Lismore
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Unit description

Explores the enforcement of private rights created by civil law. Students analyse the fundamental principles of the law of torts and develop the vocational skills required by paralegals to work in this area of the law.

Unit content

Topic 1 Definition and description of torts 
Topic 2 Duty of care 
Topic 3 The standard of care 
Topic 4 Causation 
Topic 5 Defences to negligence 
Topic 6 Assessment of damages for personal injuries 
Topic 7 Vicarious liability and non-delegable duties 
Topic 8 Intentional torts and private nuisance 
Topic 9 Litigation: Civil procedure 
Topic 10 Case study: Motor vehicle accidents 
Topic 11 Case study: The 'stolen generations' litigation 
Topic 12 Torts: New directions and revision

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1identify the elements of a negligence action and a limited number of other torts
2explain the role of tort law and how it has been impacted by legislative change
3determine how damages are assessed
4describe the processes by which claims for compensation are pursued
5apply to factual situations the principles of liability to pay compensation
6demonstrate legal writing skills appropriate to the role of a paralegal

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the elements of a negligence action and a limited number of other torts
  2. explain the role of tort law and how it has been impacted by legislative change
  3. determine how damages are assessed
  4. describe the processes by which claims for compensation are pursued
  5. apply to factual situations the principles of liability to pay compensation
  6. demonstrate legal writing skills appropriate to the role of a paralegal

Prescribed texts

  • Davis, J, 2012, Connecting with Tort Law, Oxford University Press.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Case study40%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Case study40%
Exam: open book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (Optional)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Case study40%
Exam: open book50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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