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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2015C: The Law of Torts

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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


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 Activity2020 x 1-hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity189 x 2-hour seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity10Workshop activities
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity8Advocacy Week
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity4Practical legal exercise
Guided Independent Study88 x 1-hour peer-led ‘law firm’ meetings
Guided Independent Study105 x 2-hour peer-led ‘law firm’ meetings
Guided Independent Study65Lecture preparation
Guided Independent Study91Seminar and workshop preparation
Guided Independent Study15Formative assessment preparation
Guided Independent Study51Summative assessment preparation

Online Resources

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