Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2015B: The Law of Torts

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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 and Teaching Activity2222 x 1 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities13.59 x 1.5 hour seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities13.59 x 1.5 hour syndicate workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities99 x 1 hour Q & A sessions
Guided Independent study45Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided Independent study45Syndicate preparation
Guided Independent study45Seminar preparation
Guided Independent study29Formative assessment preparation
Guided Independent study60Summative assessment preparation
Guided independent study189 x 2 hour peer-led syndicate meetings & activities

Online Resources

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