Law of Tort

Module code: LLBP 2045

Module description

If X causes harm to Y, can Y sue? The answer to this question is to be found in civil law and, very often, in the area known as Tort. This 30 credit module will help you to identify the characteristics of conduct which may be classified as tortious, and the interests that are protected by the law of Tort. Car accidents, medical accidents, deliberate touchings, harassment, slander, libel, invasions of privacy, trespass, nuisance and dog bites - all of these events and many more may fall within the scope of Tort law. Through studying this module you should acquire a thorough understanding of negligence and a number of other specific torts, together with an overall awareness of the principles which underpin tortious liability in general.                

The course will introduce and develop general principles of tortious liability by reference to selected topics such as:-

  • Fault, motive and malice
  • Tortious remedies
  • Vicarious liability
  • Negligence
  • Occupiers' Liability
  • Employers Liability
  • Trespass to the person
  • Trespass to land
  • Nuisance and the principle in Rylands v Fletcher
  • Harassment
  • Aspects of remedies

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 44 hours
  • Tutorials: 10 hours


  • Coursework: 40%
  • Exam: 60%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books