Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2015: Law of Torts

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the following order, although precise content and order may vary according to the availability of specialist teaching staff.


Term One

Introduction to Tort

Trespass to Person

Trespass to Land

Private Nuisance

Rylands v Fletcher

Public Nuisance


Malicious Prosecution

Malicious Falsehood




Term 2

Introduction to Negligence

Duty of Care

Psychiatric Harm

Public Bodies


Financial Loss


Causation of Damage

Remoteness of Damage              


Vicarious Liability          

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activity 4623 x 2 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activity96 x 1.5 hour Workshops
Guided Independent study 120Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided Independent study35Workshop preparation
Guided Independent study80Assessment preparation
Guided Independent study10Formative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).