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School of Law

Law of Tort

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Year of study:
Year 2
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Full Year
This core undergraduate course is designed to introduce students to the law of tort, as developed and practiced in England and Wales. Approximately half the course is spent studying the tort of negligence, including various specific liability regimes, and the other half studying torts such as defamation, trespass to the person and nuisance.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

This course is developed:

  • To enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the substantive law of tort and the wider policy issues surrounding the development, history and reform of tort law;
  • To develop and enhance students’ research and interpretative skills in tort law and their ability to apply the established law to new factual situations;
  • To examine the relationship between tort law and other areas of law, and the impact of human rights cases and principles;
  • To further students’ understanding of, and ability to engage with, academic debate concerning tort law.

On successful completion of this course, students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding at a sound basic level of the well-established principles in areas covered by the syllabus;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the relevant legal principles to problems in a broad and detailed manner and to reach justified conclusions or judgements; and
  • Demonstrate some critical awareness of current problems, new insights, current research or advanced scholarship in the area being studied.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 30% coursework (two pieces of coursework, each worth 15%); 70% unseen examination. Resubmission of coursework regulations do not apply to this course.