Summer Session 2017-18 lec > subject pages > torts

A tort is a civil wrong that results in physical or psychiatric injury, property damage or financial loss to another or by which another’s legal rights are infringed.  A plaintiff who has suffered injury or loss due to a tort committed by the defendant will generally be seeking compensation by way of damages.

Liability depends on a range of factors including the nature of the defendant’s conduct, his or her state of mind at the time, and the consequences of the conduct.  The course includes the study of a number of important torts such as trespass, which protects a person from unwanted physical contact or threats; negligence; and related issues such as defences, assessment of damages and concurrent liability.  The course examines the traditional common law doctrines that underpin the core principles in torts and the extent to which statutory developments have influenced the scope of liability.

The course in torts also serves an important introductory role to the study of law.  It is a subject which requires an understanding of the development of the common law and the relationship between statute and common law.  It also introduces students to methods of applying legal rules and arguments to factual situations and requires the development of skills in the interpretation of case law, legal and theoretical analysis, and clear and accurate legal writing.  The course therefore provides an important measure of the student’s capacity to undertake legal studies and practice.

Lecture and weekend school timetables, prescribed materials, and assignment information are in the Subject Guide. Assignments and Supplementary Materials (where applicable) can be accessed by current students from the Webcampus.








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