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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2015: The Law of Torts

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the following order, although precise content and order may vary according to the availability of specialist teaching staff.

  • Introduction to Tort
  • Trespass to Person
  • Trespass to Land
  • Private Nuisance
  • Rylands v Fletcher
  • Public Nuisance
  • Defamation
  • Privacy
  • Introduction to Negligence
  • Duty of Care
  • Breach
  • Causation of Damage
  • Remoteness of Damage
  • Defences
  • Public Bodies
  • Omissions
  • Psychiatric Harm  
  • 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 Activities3020 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities2010 x 2 hour seminars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities88 x 1 hour Q & A sessions
Guided Independent Study149Individual reading, research and study
Guided Independent Study62Summative assessment preparation
Guided Independent Study31Formative assessment preparation

Online Resources

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