LAW OF TORT II - 2023/4

Module code: LAW3121

Module Overview

Law of Tort II will provide students with the opportunity to build on the knowledge acquired in the Law of Tort I to continue to satisfy part of the law of obligations as per the qualifying law degree requirements.

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

PETERS Katy (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 8

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Law of Tort I

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Special Liability Regimes

    • Occupiers Liability

    • Employers Liability (including claims for mesothelioma)

    • Product Liability

  • Protection of land interests

    • Private Nuisance

    • Public Nuisance

    • Rylands v Fletcher

  • Protection of personal interests

    • Defamation

    • Misuse of Private Information


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination Online 4 HOUR ONLINE EXAM 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate, in accordance with the Learning Outcomes, their acquired knowledge, critical awareness of the key principles and policies studied in this Module, their ability to evaluate and also to apply their acquired knowledge and critical awareness to the resolution of hypothetical legal problems.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • 4 hour online exam during the exam period for semester two

Students will have to answer at least one essay and one problem question

The assessment method for each module has been selected to test a variety of key skills, competences and outcomes as required by QAA. As such, assessment method cannot be changed. Reasonable adjustment may be made on application subject to ALS approval AND  only where such adjustment still allows for the required skills, key competences and outcomes to be assessed at an equivalent level.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive verbal feedback on their performance during tutorials. 

In addition they will undertake a written formative assessment, during Semester 2, on which they will receive individual written feedback and group verbal feedback. This written formative assessment will be designed to give the students practice in writing an answer to either an essay or problem question which is similar in style and content to what they can expect in their summative assessment.


Module aims

  • To evaluate and examine the rules of law  to a level appropriate to Level 6 students (comprising both the common law principles and relevant legislative provisions) which provide the legal framework of tort law both generally and in the areas studied by the Tort Law II syllabus (as indicated below)
  • To consider, examine and demonstrate a knowledge of the considerations of policy which underlie tort law generally and in the areas covered by the Tort Law II syllabus
  • To consider and evaluate the objectives of tort law as they relate to the areas of tort law covered by the Tort Law II syllabus
  • To understand how the areas of tort law considered in the Tort Law II syllabus can overlap with and complement other areas of law, including Human Rights
  • Along with Tort law I to satisfy the QLD requirements as to the law of Obligation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically evaluate the central principles, concepts and history of tort law generally and in the areas studied in this Module, and the relationship between them, with particular emphasis of the tensions which emerge KCT
002 Critically analyse and evaluate the content of the key legal areas as studied in this Module, such as the duty of care in negligence and causation of damage, with a particular ability to analyse the content of the law in areas where there is tension or a lack of clarity KCT
003 Critically engage with and evaluate the sources of tort law, including common law, statute and the law of the ECHR, and the relationship between them KCT
004 Critically engage in discussions regarding competing policy concerns and values which inform tort law (generally and in relation to the areas studied in this Module) and its development, and the relationship between them, in order to be able to propose and defend solutions KCPT
005 Critically engage in scholarly debate regarding tort law (generally and in relation to the areas studied in this Module), critically analysing the major tendencies within legal scholarship and the relationship between them KCPT
006 Critically engage with and apply knowledge of the primary and secondary legal authorities to solve complex problems and answer complex essay questions which seek to resolve tensions in the competing goals and content of tort law in the areas studied in this Module CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Introduce topics, with particular emphasis on key areas of the syllabus, in lectures - using appropriate visual aids together with other with supporting materials (e.g. news clips)

  • Facilitate a more detailed study of the syllabus by directed independent study of selected legislation, case law and other texts and directed preparation of focussed tutorial questions

  • Enhance student’s understanding and critical awareness by group discussion in tutorial

  • Facilitate student’s revision of key areas of law and exam preparation by the submission of written formative coursework (see below) and by interactive revision lectures towards to the end of Semester 2


The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (2 hrs x 11 weeks)

Tutorials (1 hr x 6 weeks)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.