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The Law of Torts

Module titleThe Law of Torts
Module codeLAW2015B
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Miss Lindsey Connett (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module introduces you to an important area of civil law, concerned with the imposition by law upon persons of legal standards of conduct the breach of which permit an action for damages or some other personal remedy. The module examines both responsibility bases (intention, negligence and non-fault) and major forms of recognised damage.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the law of torts, including its responsibility bases, the kinds of damage for which it permits a remedy and those for which it does not offer a remedy. Consideration will be given to the aims of tort law and some assessment made of its efficacy in achieving those aims.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. understand and critically reflect upon the operation of the contemporary law of torts within its social context;
  • 2. develop the ability to use relevant information to understand how the law of torts operates and to apply that understanding to a range of different perspectives and concepts relating to tort law.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. demonstrate knowledge of legal concepts and their contextual, social and political implications;
  • 4. demonstrate the ability to apply legal knowledge to a problem / case study and to discuss it;
  • 5. demonstrate the ability to select and coherently present relevant law and legal / theoretical arguments.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. demonstrate effective and accurate communication skills in a manner appropriate to the discipline / different contexts;
  • 7. identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of resources with some guidance;
  • 8. demonstrate the ability to interact effectively within a team / learning group and to share information and ideas;
  • 9. demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, to complete a specified task.

Syllabus plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:


  • Introduction to Tort
  • Trespass to Person
  • Trespass to Land
  • Private Nuisance
  • Rylands v Fletcher
  • Public Nuisance
  • Defamation
  • Privacy
  • Introduction to Negligence
  • Duty of Care
  • Psychiatric Harm
  • Public Bodies
  • Omissions
  • Financial Loss
  • Breach
  • Causation of Damage
  • Remoteness of Damage              
  • Defences            
  • Vicarious Liability

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity5522 x 2.5 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study151Seminar preparation
Guided Independent Study94Assessment preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Problem question500 words1-7, 9Individual written feedback (with oral feedback upon request)

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination (take-home, open book)502 hours intended duration (within a 24-hour submission window)1-7, 9Individual written feedback (with oral feedback upon request)
Essay502000 words1-7, 9Individual written feedback (with oral feedback upon request)

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Examination (take-home, open book)Examination (take-home, open book; same as above)1-7, 9August/September reassessment period
Essay (2,000 words)Essay (2,000 words)1-7, 9August/September reassessment period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


  • Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley, Tort Law (OUP 2019)

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

Torts, duty of care, Human Rights Act 1998

Credit value30
Module ECTS


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