The aim of this course is to study at an introductory level one of the basic disciplines of the common law. When a person has been harmed by the conduct of another - whether he or she incurs injury to their person, property or reputation; or financial loss; or interference with their use of land or goods - and decides to seek a legal remedy for that harm, the law of torts may provide them with a means of receiving compensation for their loss. This course will focus on personal injuries and examine the torts of trespass to the person and negligence. The course will also consider ways in which interests in property can be protected, namely through the tort of trespass to land. Historically the law of torts was largely based on common law (developed through judicial decisions), but legislative reforms in the last decade have made significant changes to the common law.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate and apply the fundamental legal principles of tort law
- Identify, frame, and analyse torts issues within hypothetical scenarios
- Appraise the context within which tort law has developed, including the common law’s unique form, goals, and history
- Evaluate and apply a range of legally specific research principles, methods, primary legal resources, and tools to respond to a factually complex tort problem
- Articulate legal reasoning, especially in the form of accurate and persuasive written analysis
- Propose solutions to legal problems by approaching problem-solving, reasoning, research, and presentation of work with substantial degrees of autonomy
- Details of the assessment for this course will be provided in the class summary before the start of semester. (null) [LO null]
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