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Unit information: Law of Tort in 2015/16

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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. Short
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. They will be able 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

11 seminars; 30 lectures (attendance at LLB lectures advised).

Assessment Information

Summative assessment: a 3000 word essay (33%) will assess the candidate's ability to research a topic within the scope of this unit. The remaining Intended Learning Outcomes will be assessed in a 3 hour written examination (67%).

Reading and References

  • Giliker, Tort (5th ed)
  • Steele, Tort Law: Text, Cases & Materials (3rd edition 2014)
  • Lunney & Oliphant, Tort Law: Text & Materials (5th edition 2013)
  • Horsey & Rackley Tort Law (3rd Ed 2013)
  • Atiyah: Accidents, Compensation and the Law (8th Ed 2013)
  • Conaghan & Mansell: The Wrongs of Tort
  • Weir: Tort Law