• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jolyon Ford
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Evaluate and apply the fundamental legal principles of tort law
  2. Identify, frame, and analyse torts issues within hypothetical scenarios
  3. Appraise the context within which tort law has developed, including the common law’s unique form, goals, and history
  4. Evaluate and apply a range of legally specific research principles, methods, primary legal resources, and tools to respond to a factually complex tort problem
  5. Articulate legal reasoning, especially in the form of accurate and persuasive written analysis
  6. Propose solutions to legal problems by approaching problem-solving, reasoning, research, and presentation of work with substantial degrees of autonomy

Indicative Assessment

  1. 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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Workload

Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be currently studying LAWS1201/LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the class summary.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2706 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online or In Person N/A

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