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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2010 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Pat Zappia (T2-58, T3-58), Ms Suzie Linden (T3-58)


This subject give students an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of tort law and of the policies underlying them. It will examine the principal common law torts, including negligence and defamation, and the relationship between common law rights and remedies and relevant State and Federal legislation. Students will become familiar with policy issues such as loss distribution and the role of compulsory insurance. The subject will include an introduction to comparable systems of compensation in relevant overseas jurisdictions.


On completion of this subject 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 caselaw analysis and statutory interpretation.


Memorandum of Advice: 30%
Final examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Pasquale Zappia

Contact hours

2 hours per week x 12 weeks