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Unit information: Law of Tort in 2021/22

Unit name Law of Tort
Unit code LAWDM0062
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Burton
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will cover general principles of tortious liability and their relationship with other areas of civil liability and compensation; the forms of tortious obligations, including vicarious liability, defences and remedies; tortious claims for compensation for: personal injuries and death, financial losses, interference with land and protection of rights.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After completing the unit, students will be able to:

  • display a good knowledge of the principles of tort law and apply the results to the solution of legal problems,
  • to engage in critical analysis of the law from an informed theoretical and practical perspective.

The unit will develop students’ skills relating to common law method (case-law and statutory interpretation). They will be equipped to research topics in the field of the unit from a standard range of legal materials, using both paper and electronic resources.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Information

2 x summative assessments: 1x coursework and 1 x Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.