LAWGENRL 435 - Theories of Private Law

Credit points: 15 points
Offered: Semester Two
Contact hours: Lectures - 3 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Jesse Wall
Prerequisite: LAW 231, LAW 241

Course description

This course explores the concepts and principles which are considered to be the philosophical foundations of tort law, contract law, and property law.

In particular, we consider the features of tort law, contract law, and property law, that differentiate them as separate branches of law. We explore the notions of causation, responsibility, fault, and loss, that these branches of law rely upon. We assess whether these areas of law be explained in terms of moral precepts, conceptions of justice, or economic goals, and we consider the assumptions about morality and the nature of persons that are necessary to make sense of tort law, contract law, and property law.



  • 2250 word reflective essay (30%)
  • Class participation (10%)
  • 2 hour open-book exam (60%)
Open book means that you may, if you wish, bring into the exam and refer to any materials such as casebooks, textbooks and study notes.