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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW4015: The Law of Torts

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include all or most of the following topics in the following order although precise content and order may vary.


Term One


Introduction to Tort

Trespass to Person

Introduction to Negligence

Duty of Care

Psychiatric Harm

Public Bodies


Financial Loss


Causation of Damage

Remoteness of Damage


Term Two

Trespass to Land

Private Nuisance

Rylands v Fletcher

Public Nuisance


Malicious Prosecution

Malicious Falsehood


Vicarious Liability

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activity44Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activity7.5Workshops
Guided Independent study75Preparation for workshops
Guided Independent study15Preparation for formative assessment
Guided Independent study30Preparation for assessed essay
Guided Independent study30Preparation for exam
Guided Independent study98.5Additional reading and private study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).