LAWS4106 Torts

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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..
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)
Assistant Professor Kate Offer and Dr Marco Rizzi
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
Contact hours
4 hours per week

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

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