Tort Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
02 August 2019


Requisites for this module
LW101 or LW108



Key module for

LLB M122 English and French Law (Maitrise),
LLB M100 Law,
LLB M100MD Law,
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M107 Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M120 Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB M120AF Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN00 Law with Business,
LLB MN01 Law with Business (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN02 Law with Business (Including Placement Year),
LLB MN10 Law with Finance,
LLB MN11 Law with Finance (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN12 Law with Finance (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This 15 credit module will build upon the foundations of negligence liability, as taught in LW108 (Foundations of the Law of Obligations) in Year One, and also introduce students to the other, equally important, aspects of Tort Law.

Module aims

The module will commence by applying the principles of the duty of care to certain specific situations, such as liability for causing psychiatric harm, liability for causing economic loss, liability imposed in cases of omissions and against public bodies.

The module also considers the principles of vicarious liability.

The second part of the module will focus on the so-called 'Land Torts' and consider the relevant principles of the occupiers' liability regimes and how these augment the additional controls of the use of land, found in the principles of nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module students will be able to

- Apply the principles of negligence liability in specific duty-based scenarios

- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the policy issues that underpin the imposition of liability

- Show a clear understand of the divisions and borders between the various liability regimes governing the use of land

- Read , understand and critically analyse judicial decisions

- Apply the relevant case-law and principles to appropriate problem scenarios

Module information


1. Negligence Liability for Psychiatric Harm

2. Negligence Liability fro Economic Loss

3. Vicarious Liability

4. Occupiers' Liability

5. Nuisance

6. Rule in Rylands v. Fletcher

Learning and teaching methods

One two hour lecture per week
Four fortnightly seminars


  • John Cooke. (2019) Law of Tort, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Preparation 5%
Coursework Participation 5%
Written Exam Take Home Exam 90%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Emily Jones, Dr Ugochi Amajuoyi, Dr Meagan Wong
Law General Office, 01206 872529 -lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Ms Annette Marie Morris
Cardiff University
Reader in Law
Available via Moodle
Of 146 hours, 41 (28.1%) hours available to students:
105 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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