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LAW1124 Torts B

Semester 3, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Bob Zhao


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW1111 and LAW1112
Pre-requisite: LAW1113


This is a core course in the Bachelor of Laws program. Together with LAW1113 Contract and Torts A, it is approved by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (Qld) and the Chief Justice of Queensland as meeting the torts area of knowledge under the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld) and therefore deals with elements of Torts, specifically: negligence, including defences; a representative range of torts (other than negligence) and their defences; damages; concurrent liability; and compensation schemes

This course builds upon the principles of the law of torts gained in LAW1113 Contract and Torts A. Students will study negligence and a representative range of torts, with some consideration of defences and damages, and of alternative methods of providing compensation for accidental injury. Examples include: concurrent liability, defamation, nuisance, trespass to land and compensation schemes.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding [explain and apply] of a coherent body of knowledge relevant to torts, and underlying principles and concepts; and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise [in this area] (PO1/TLO1).
  2. Identify and articulate legal issues [relevant to torts]; [comprehend legal and other materials]; apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues; and engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives (PO3/TLO3).
  3. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research in an ethical manner, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues [relevant to torts] (PO4/TLO4).
  4. Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences (PO5/TLO5).
  5. Explain the legislative process and identify applicable legislation and delegated legislation, general principles of statutory interpretation, understand and make appropriate use of authorised aids to statutory interpretation, and deploy appropriate techniques in the course of solving interpretative problems [including problems raising special interpretative issues; and give a reasoned opinion as to the appropriate meaning of a legislative provision, and as to the correct application of the provision to a given set of facts] (PO7).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Negligence, including defences [Admission Rules 2(10)] 20.00
2. A representative range of torts (other than negligence) and their defences [Admission Rules 2(11)] 60.00
3. Damages [Admission Rules 2(12)] 5.00
4. Concurrent liability [Admission Rules 2(13)] 10.00
5. Compensation schemes [Admission Rules 2(14)] 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Civil Liability Act 2003 (Qld) (Legislation)
Kyriakakis, Popa, Rochford et al 2019, Contemporary Australian Tort Law, 1st edn, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, VIC.
Defamation Act 2005 (Qld) (Legislation).

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 1,2
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 40 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 40 1,2,4,5
Date printed 10 February 2023