LAW1113 - Torts - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Semester 1 : Dr Richard Foo
Semester 2 : Dr Gerry Nagtzaam

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later: LAW1111 and LAW1114


This unit was previously coded LAW2201. This unit is only offered to students commencing in 2015 and beyond.


The unit commences with an introductory study of the role and objectives of the law of torts in redressing and compensating civil wrongs, and its relationship with statutory compensation schemes. In terms of the substantive law, students begin by examining the intentional torts of battery, assault, false imprisonment, and trespass to land, as well as the tort of private nuisance (and defences to all of these torts) Next, students consider, in detail, the tort of negligence. There is an in-depth study of the elements of the tort of negligence - namely duty of care, breach of duty, causation, remoteness, defences and the assessment of damages - and the particular problems raised by negligently caused mental harm and pure economic loss. Students will also consider the principles and rationale of vicarious liability. Throughout the unit, students will explore the impact of statutory law reform, in particular the civil liability reforms, on torts law, in the broader context of how civil wrongs should be redressed.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. articulate and apply the fundamental principles of negligence law, false imprisonment, trespass to land and nuisance, including defences and remedies
  2. analyse the aims of torts law and its relationship with alternative schemes of compensation, and critically evaluate its role and effectiveness in redressing civil wrongs and compensating losses
  3. demonstrate intellectual and creative skills to articulate legal and policy issues, to research, interpret and synthesise relevant legal, policy and factual matters, and to formulate reasoned and appropriate responses to legal problems
  4. communicate effectively and persuasively
  5. learn and work autonomously and use feedback to improve their own capabilities and performance.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

  1. 11 multiple choice quizzes: 10%
  2. Research assignment (case note): 30%
  3. Final Examination (2 hours 30 minutes): 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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