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Unit information: Law of Tort in 2015/16

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Unit name Law of Tort
Unit code LAWD10011
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Stanton
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 consider the following elements: introduction to case law and doctrines of precedent; introduction to tort law and its role in society; general principles of tortious liability; forms of tortious liability; standards of liability; causation and remoteness of damage; vicarious and joint liability and defences; torts relating to personal injuries, economic losses and land.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Display a good knowledge of the principles of tort law and apply the results to the solution of legal problems.
  • At an introductory level, engage in theoretical and conceptual analysis of the legal framework from an informed and critical perspective.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of skills relating to common law method (case-law and statutory interpretation).

Teaching Information

Taught by means of 30 lectures and 8 one-hour tutorials.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment: one mid-sessional examination in January plus one other piece of formative work.

The (formative) mid-sessional exam is mandatory; the other formative assessment is optional.

Summative assessment: one 3-hour examination involving essays and problem questions.

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

Reading and References

Giliker, Tort (5th Edition, 2014). An alternative would be Horsey & Rackley: Tort Law (4th Edition 2015)

If you are looking for a book with extracts of a lot of materials you will need, choose either Steele, Tort Law: Text, Cases & Materials (3rd edition 2014) or Lunney & Oliphant, Tort Law: Text & Materials (5th edition 2013) which is directly comparable in both format and quality.

You might also usefully refer to Atiyah, Accidents, Compensation and the Law (8th ed by P.Cane), Conaghan & Mansell, the Wrongs of Tort (2nd edition) and Weir's, Tort Law. All of these propound strong views.