While the course has a public sector orientation, it is designed to provide non-lawyers with an overview of tort law and to provide law graduates with an up-to-date review of basic principle and critical analysis of recent developments. There is some flexibility in the content. Topics to be covered include:
- the field of tort law;
- modern principles of negligence;
- negligent liability of public authorities, with particular attention to failure to exercise a statutory power, and economic loss;
- breach of statutory duty;
- misfeasance in public office.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
A participant who has successfully completed this course should:
- have an overview of the shape of, and trends in, modern tort law;
- understand the principles of negligence, and their particular application to governments and public authorities;
- understand the operation of the separate torts of nuisance, breach of statutory duty and misfeasance in public office;
- be able to analyse critically the policy issues involved, and appreciate the intersection of tort law with other principles and bodies of law.
Assessment is likely to comprise an 8,000 word assignment on a topic of the student's choice (subject to the lecturer's approval).
Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course website, prior to the commencement of the course.
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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days)
Requisite and Incompatibility
Balkin and Davis, Law of Torts 4 ed, 2009, Chap 7
A set of reading materials will be prepared and made available electronically approximately one month before classes start.
Assumed knowledge: Either a Law degree or successful completion of Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law.
Required skills: Ability to read and understand selected cases and statutes.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees. Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.
- Domestic fee paying students
- International fee paying students
Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1712||08 Aug 2015||08 Aug 2015||21 Aug 2015||11 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|