Tort Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
17 May 2019


Requisites for this module
LW101 or LW108



Key module for

LLB M100 Law,
LLB M100MD Law,
LLB M100MS Law,
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M101JS Law (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M107 Law (Including Placement Year),
LLB M120 Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB M120AF Law (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM19 Law and Human Rights,
LLB MV15 Law and Philosophy,
LLB ML12 Law and Politics,
LLB M103 Law (Senior Status),
LLB MM20 Law with Human Rights,
LLB MM21 Law with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM22 Law with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
LLB MV16 Law with Philosophy,
LLB MV18 Law with Philosophy (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MV19 Law with Philosophy (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML14 Law with Politics (Including Year Abroad),
LLB ML15 Law with Politics (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML16 Law with Politics,
LLB MN00 Law with Business,
LLB MN01 Law with Business (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MN02 Law with Business (Including Placement Year),
LLB MM00 Law with Criminology,
LLB MM01 Law with Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM02 Law with Criminology (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

One two hour lecture per week
Four fortnightly seminars

Learning and teaching methods

One two hour lecture per week Four fortnightly seminars


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Preparation 5%
Coursework Participation 5%
Written Exam Take Home Exam 90%
Overall assessment
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Darren Calley, Ms Emily Jones, Dr Meagan Wong, Dr Carlo Petrucci
Law General Office, 01206 872529 -lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Ms Annette Marie Morris
Cardiff University
Reader in Law
Available via Moodle
Of 32 hours, 20 (62.5%) hours available to students:
12 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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