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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2015C: The Law of Torts

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

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 law
  • Personal torts
  • The tort of negligence:
    • Duty of care
      • Omissions
      • Psychiatric harm
      • Public bodies
      • Economic loss
    • Breach of the duty of care
    • Causation and remoteness of damage
    • Defences
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Product liability
  • Employers’ liability
  • Land-related torts:
    • Trespass to land
    • Private and public nuisance
    • Rylands v Fletcher
  • Vicarious liability

 Apart from these, the syllabus will also include a focus on the skills of argument.

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 and Teaching activity 2222 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 4411 x 2-hour seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching activity10Workshop activities
Scheduled learning and teaching activity126 x 2-hour peer-led ‘law firm’ meetings
Guided Independent Study88Lecture preparation
Guided Independent Study88Seminar and workshop preparation
Guided Independent Study10Formative essay preparation
Guided Independent Study48Summative assessment preparation

Online Resources

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