Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2015 (Day)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
For postgraduate Law unit timetables, please see http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/course-unit-information/timetables/postgraduate/index.html
Previously coded as LAW7266

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


This unit introduces students to the law of civil wrongs (torts), including the role and purposes of tort law, the interests which it protects, and its relationship to statutory schemes which provide compensation for injury or loss. Students begin with selected intentional torts (trespass to the person, assault and battery, false imprisonment, trespass to land) and the strict liability tort of private nuisance, including elements and defences. Students then study the tort of negligence; its development, the elements of the tort and the various contexts in which it arises, the types of harms that are compensable, defences, the assessment of damages; concurrent liability and contribution by multiple wrongdoers, the particular problems raised by negligently caused mental harm and pure economic loss, and the concept of vicarious liability. Students will examine the impact of statutory law reform, in particular the civil liability reforms, on torts law, and broader policy debates about how civil wrongs should be redressed and injuries and losses compensated.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate the role and effectiveness of torts law in redressing civil wrongs, and its relationship with statutory schemes of compensation;
  2. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to interpret legal conclusions and professional decisions, including assessment of recent developments in tort law;
  3. identify, research, evaluate and synthesise legal and policy issues in tort law;
  4. demonstrate cognitive and creative skills in generating appropriate and reasoned responses to legal problems;
  5. communicate effectively, appropriately and persuasively on issues of tort law; and
  6. learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism, including through use of feedback to improve their professional development.


1. Research assignment (case note - 1,500 words): 20%
2. Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time):- problem question(s): 80%

Workload requirements

Workload is 2.5 (or 3 for 2015+ cohort) hours per week x 12 weeks

Chief examiner(s)