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:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements will be able to:
- Identify and explain their understanding of the shape of, and trends in, modern tort law;
- Explain, critically examine and apply the principles of negligence, especially in their particular application to governments and public authorities;
- Identify and critically evaluate the application and operation of the separate torts of nuisance, breach of statutory duty and misfeasance in public office;
- Research, explain and critically examine policy issues involved to demonstrate cognitive , technical and creative skills to understand application and appreciation of, the intersection of tort law with other principles and bodies of law; and
- Independently plan and execute a research project to demonstrate legal research skills, principles and methodologies to undertake critical analysis and application of issues arising in tort law and public authorities.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Assessment is likely to consist of:
1. Class Participation (10%)
2. Research Essay (90%)
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 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through
Requisite and Incompatibility
Balkin and Davis, Law of Torts (LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney, 5th ed, 2013) (“Balkin & Davis”)
Kit Barker, Peter Cane, Mark Lunney and Francis Trindade, The Law of Torts in Australia (Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 5th ed, 2011) (“Barker et al”)
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|22 Sep 2018
|22 Sep 2018
|05 Oct 2018
|02 Dec 2018