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LAWS588 Accidents and the Law

Selected issues on how the law responds to accidents.

Paper title Accidents and the Law
Paper code LAWS588
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,037.38
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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LAWS 488
Limited to
May not be credited together with LAWS474 passed in 2018-2019.
Teaching staff

Dr Simon Connell


Course readings via eReserve

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

After completion of Accidents and the Law (LAWS 588), students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of New Zealand’s accident compensation scheme, including advanced understanding of select aspects of the scheme;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of New Zealand’s workplace safety regime;
  • Engage in informed critical analysis of the choices made by legislators and the courts in those two areas of law (accident compensation and workplace safety).

In addition, LAWS 588 will:

  • Develop an interdisciplinary perspective and life-long learning within the MBHL/PGDipBHL courses by enabling students to learn about New Zealand law, and to learn new/further develop their skills of legal reasoning and critical thinking;
  • Enable MBHL/PGDipBHL students to demonstrate advanced knowledge of NZ’s health law terrain in a specialist area by identifying the key principles that underpin the relevant regulatory regimes and develop their ability to critique and evaluate outcomes of this regime for individuals and society.

The compulsory independent research assignment (in addition to the final examination) seeks to make the requirements of this paper commensurate with post-graduate study. It requires students to plan and execute a significant piece of independent research.  This will enable students to:

  • develop the capacity to communicate information, arguments and analyses effectively (communication), whilst also applying specific skills in acquiring, organising, analysing, evaluating and presenting information, in particular recognising the increasing prominence of digital-based activity (informational literacy);
  • cultivate the ability to evaluate the current law and the relationship between legal and normative standards through lectures, readings and assessment and encourages the students ability to analyse issues logically, to challenge conventional assumptions, and to consider different options and viewpoints (synthesise complex information and critically evaluate);
  • extend students’ ability to conduct research by recognising when information is needed, and locating, retrieving, evaluating and using it effectively (display skills in research);
  • foster the capacity for self-directed activity and the ability to work independently (self-motivation).

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41