Law of Tort

Module code: M3402
Level 4
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination

In broad terms, the Law of tort is the area of civil law primarily concerned with providing a remedy to persons who have been wrongfully harmed by the conduct of others. This module explores a number of the most important areas of tort law, for example negligence, nuisance, trespass to the person, liability for dangerous premises, liability for psychiatric harm and employers' liability.

The module will consider these and other areas as they are approached by the courts in England and Wales, to some extent the approach of other legal jurisdictions and also the social and political context of tort law.

Module learning outcomes

  • Recognise and describe the different components of the torts covered by the syllabus
  • Explain, using appropriate legal sources, how different areas of tort are classified
  • Identify and discuss the circumstances under which the potential commission of the torts covered by the syllabus may be vitiated
  • Recall and apply relevant legal principles in the interpretation and solving of hypothetical problem scenarios
  • Identify and evaluate the common law rules and any statutory provisions, to include recognition of any need to reform