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LAWS474 Special Topic 5: Accidents and the Law

How the law responds to accidents, especially with reference to compensation for accident victims.

This paper will address how the law responds to accidents. In particular, it will focus on the detail of New Zealand's Accident Compensation scheme and the Health and Safety regime. These important areas of law are not addressed substantively in other Law papers at the University of Otago.

The paper will be of particular benefit to students who go on to advise accident victims or employers. It will also give students an opportunity to consider the choices available to society with respect to how we deal with causers and sufferers of accidental injury.

Paper title Special Topic 5: Accidents and the Law
Paper code LAWS474
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $659.10
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,970.20

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LAWS 301
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
(i) Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff
Dr Simon Connell, Faculty of Law
Course materials are provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
The specific objectives of this paper are to:
  • Develop understanding of New Zealand's accident compensation scheme;
  • Develop understanding of New Zealand's workplace safety regime; and
  • Encourage critical analysis of the choices made in those two areas of law (accident compensation and workplace safety).

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41