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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2015C: The Law of Torts

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 5
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Mr Mark Mackarel (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


The law of obligations concerns obligations which we voluntarily enter into (contract law), and obligations which the law imposes on us (tort law). A ‘tort’ is a legal wrong (e.g. assault, or trespass, or negligently causing psychiatric injury). When someone commits such a wrong, the law provides a personal remedy – that is, a remedy against the person who has wronged us (e.g. by requiring the wrongdoer to pay us money). On this module, you will study how tort law identifies whether one person is under an obligation to another, and under what circumstances breach of that obligation will give rise to a remedy. You will work together with other students in ‘law firms’ on a tort law problem, developing your oral and written skills of argument and building a case for argument in a legal exercise.

The law of obligations, including tort law, is a foundation subject for qualifying law degrees, and therefore compulsory for all students wishing to obtain such degrees. Students must have taken LAW1022C, ‘Legal Foundations’.

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