2020 unit offering information will be available in September 2019

Unit aim

Provides a basic understanding of the principles upon which liability to pay compensation is based through detailed study of a number of tort actions including negligence, trespass, nuisance and defamation. Evaluate examples of the various forms of conduct and states of mind which can give rise to liability, and the different consequences which may be compensated. Critically examine the effectiveness of the law of torts in achieving its principal objective of deterrence, resource allocation, compensation and loss distribution.

Unit content

Topic 1: The nature and functions of torts
Topic 2: Introduction to negligence
Topic 3: Negligence – the duty of care
Topic 4: Duty of care – the difficult cases
Topic 5: Breach and standard of care
Topic 6: Damage – factual causation and the scope of liability
Topic 7: Defences to negligence
Topic 8: Vicarious liability and non-delegable duties
Topic 9: Intentional torts to people and land
Topic 10: Torts to personal property and business interests
Topic 11: Defamation
Topic 12: Judicial remedies and limitation of actions

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Seminar 2 hours (12 weeks)
Problem question 40%
Exam: open book60%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Seminar 2 hours (12 weeks)
Problem question 40%
Exam: open book60%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Problem question 40%
Exam: open book60%

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Fee information


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