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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify the elements of a negligence action and a limited number of other tortsKnowledge of a discipline
2explain the role of tort law and how it has been impacted by legislative changeKnowledge of a discipline
3determine how damages are assessedKnowledge of a discipline
4describe the processes by which claims for compensation are pursuedKnowledge of a discipline
5apply to factual situations the principles of liability to pay compensationCultural competence
6demonstrate legal writing skills appropriate to the role of a paralegalCommunication and social skills

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
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain the role of tort law and how it has been impacted by legislative change
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. determine how damages are assessed
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. describe the processes by which claims for compensation are pursued
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. apply to factual situations the principles of liability to pay compensation
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. demonstrate legal writing skills appropriate to the role of a paralegal
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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