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Type Tied
Level 1
Credits 20
Availability Available in 2022/23
Module Cap
Location Durham
Department Law


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Excluded Combinations of Modules

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  • To provide a general understanding of the structure of the law of tort.
  • To examine in detail the nature of the major torts.
  • To examine the place of tort law within the legal system as a whole.


  • General Principles of Tort Law, Specific Torts: Negligence, Personal Torts, Land Torts.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:

  • Students should be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the law of tort in England and Wales.

Subject-specific Skills:

  • Students should be able to apply the law of torts and understand and analyse its development.

Key Skills:

  • Students should be able to demonstrate sound analytical and writing skills as well as the ability to work independently and to take responsibility for their own learning.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures are used primarily to impart knowledge as well as to suggest approaches to evaluation and critical analysis;
  • Seminars will be used to develop and enhance students' capacity for legal-problem solving in a particular factual situation, evaluative critical analysis and their appreciation of laws' linkage with broader fields of enquiry;
  • Formative assignments are used to develop subject-specific and key skills.
  • The examination tests the ability to focus on relevant legal issues and organise knowledge and argument appropriate to questions raised. The examination questions will provide the means for students to demonstrate the acquisition of subject knowledge and the development of their problem-solving skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Lectures20weekly1 hour20 
Seminars6Normally three in each of Michaelmas and Epiphany1 hour6Yes
Preparation and Reading174 

Summative Assessment

Component: ExaminationComponent Weighting: 100%
ElementLength / DurationElement WeightingResit Opportunity
written examination3 hours100yes

Formative Assessment

Two essays of about 1,500 words each

More information

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