Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2015: The Law of Torts

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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





Term 2

Introduction to Negligence

Duty of Care


Causation of Damage

Remoteness of Damage


Public Bodies


Psychiatric Harm  

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 2222 x 1 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activity13.59 x 1.5 hour syndicate workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activity13.59 x 1.5 hour seminars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities99 x 1 hour Q & A sessions
Guided Independent study32Workshop preparation
Guided Independent study80Assessment preparation
Guided Independent study10Formative assessment
Guided Independent study120Individual reading and lecture preparation

Online Resources

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