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LAWS301 Law of Torts


The law as to the various kinds of torts.

At its most basic level, law of torts decides when behaviour is wrong and when someone harmed by that wrongful behaviour is deserving of compensation or some other private law remedy. Functionally, the law of torts serves to protect rights to the safety and dignity of the persons, to property, and to economic interests.

Paper title Law of Torts
Paper code LAWS301
Subject Law
EFTS 0.2
Points 30 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,420.60
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Teaching staff

Dr Maria Hook
Dr Stephen Young


All course materials for LAWS 301 Law of Torts are provided to students by the Faculty.

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

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic elements of each tort covered
  • Discuss the various issues arising in respect of each tort covered and account for how they have been resolved in New Zealand and other relevant jurisdictions
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of how tortious obligations relate to other sources of legal obligations and rights
  • Discuss the rationale for the accident compensation scheme, its core concepts

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22
M1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41