Module code: PGDL 3006

Module description

The aim of this module is to provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the law of tort and to equip them with the skills required for analytical reasoning and problem solving within this field of legal study.

Listed below are the main areas covered by the module syllabus.

  1.  The objectives of the law of tort. Fault liability. The relationship between tortious remedies and other compensation systems, especially insurance and social security.
  2.   Trespass to the person and related torts.
  1. Assault
  2. Battery
  3. False imprisonment
  4. The rule in Wilkinson v Downton
  5. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
  1.   Trespass to land.
  2.  Nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher.
  3.  Negligence.
  1. Duty of care
  2. Breach of duty
  3. Resulting damage
  1. Causation
  2. Remoteness
  1.  Defences - Contributory negligence and volenti non fit injuria.
  2.  Negligently inflicted psychiatric harm.
  3.  Occupiers' liability.
  4.   Vicarious liability.

Contact hours per student per year


  • Lectures: 28 hours
  • Tutorials: 10 hours


  • Online lectures: 8 hours
  • Tutorials: 15 hours


  • Written exam: 100%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

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