This course is designed for students who have obtained an undergraduate degree in law or another discipline and who are now interested in postgraduate-level studies. Tort law is fundamental to the common law and is of everyday importance in all sorts of community and business interactions.
Module A: Introduction to torts and trespass to the person
- History of tort law
- Protected interests and fault
- False imprisonment
- Intentional infliction of harm
Module B: The action in negligence
- Duty of care: general
- Duty of care: psychiatric illness
- Standard of care and breach
- Causation and remoteness
Module C: The defamation action
- Defamatory meaning
Module D: Tort theory
- Conceptualisation and theory
- Corrective justice
- Rights theory
- Economic theories
- Pluralism in tort law
Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.
It is strongly recommended that you attempt the modules in order.
How to apply
You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)
These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:
- Common law
Apply via Postgraduate Laws.