LAWS4106 Torts

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
This unit covers a range of non-contractual civil actions examining the elements and governing principles of selected torts. It also addresses the context in which tort law operates and considers the kinds of interests protected by tort law. Students are encouraged to engage with the policies and critical theories that underpin the development of the law and have the opportunities to engage in critical analysis. The unit includes an examination of the torts of trespass and nuisance. Reflecting its dominance in modern Australian torts litigation, a more detailed treatment is given to actions in negligence. The principal defences, and other limitations to a defendant's potential liability, are also considered. Close attention is paid to the Civil Liability Act 2002 (WA) and the interaction between case law and legislation.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the essential elements of the various tortious actions
; (2) explain the interaction between case law and legislation; (3) apply the element of tortious actions to complex factual scenarios; (4) critically analyse the underlying context of tort rules including their political, philosophical and social rationales

; and (5) develop convincing, coherent and consistent arguments, orally and in writing, that take both sides of a dispute into account.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) moot; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Kate Offer, Senior Lecturer and Dr Marco Rizzi, Senior Lecturer
Unit rules
Co-requisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
Contact hours
4 hours per week
Texts

Julia Davis, Marco Rizzi & Kate Offer, Connecting With Tort Law, (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2020)

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