University of Technology Sydney

70311 Torts

Requisite(s): 70120c Legal Method and Research OR 70102 Foundations of Law OR 70120c Legal Method and Research OR 70102 Foundations of Law OR 70102 Foundations of Law
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The law of torts deals with claims for redress for civil wrongs. Students examine the nature of tortious liability in the light of a selection of specific torts, namely: trespass to the person; trespass to land; negligence; and nuisance. Negligence has become the most significant tort and it is the primary focus of this subject. Students engage with and develop an understanding of the common law development of doctrine and rules through reading cases and legislation, particularly the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW). Critical and contextual understanding of the subject is developed through working with journal articles and other sources.

Torts is required for admission as a legal practitioner in all Australian jurisdictions. The subject is part of the core program for the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor and provides students with foundational knowledge required for more advanced subjects in the law degree. Many subjects studied later in the degree require a sound knowledge of tort law as a basis for the legal concepts learned in those subjects.

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