Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2013 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2013 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2013 (Day)



This unit gives students an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of tort law and of the policies underlying them. It will focus on negligence, but also examine a representative range of other civil wrongs such as intentional torts to the person, trespass to land and nuisance. The unit will also examine how the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic) and other legislation have shaped the modern law of torts and how the law of torts relates to neighbouring areas. Students will become familiar with the role of torts law in compensating accident victims, the effect of civil liability law reform and other contemporary policy issues in the law of torts.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. acquired the ability to analyse a factual situation and accurately identify tortious rights and obligations
  2. acquired the ability to identify remedies available under relevant legislation
  3. acquired some familiarity with the policies underlying tort law and the ability to recognise the likely future development of the law in this area
  4. further developed skills in case law analysis and statutory interpretation.


Memorandum of Advice: 30%
Final examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Normann Witzleb (Trimester 1)
Dr Joanna Kyriakakis (Trimester 2)
Dr Karinne Ludlow (Trimester 3)

Contact hours

2.5 hours per week x 12 weeks