TORT LAW IN CONTEXT - 2017/8

Module code: LAW1046

Module provider

School of Law

Module Leader

LILLYWHITE CL Mrs (Schl of Law)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

M224

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 8

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2 HOUR EXAMINATION 100

Alternative Assessment

None.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Introduction to Tort Law

Module overview

Tort Law in Context is the second part of the tort law syllabus, the first part (Introduction to Tort Law) is taught in Semester I.

Building on Introduction to Tort Law, Tort Law in Context develops the students’ understanding of the concepts, terminology and polices relevant to modern tort law together with the potential overlap with other areas of law and Human Rights by looking in detail at some specific contexts where tort law is relevant in a modern society. The Module will consider some so-called ‘special liability regimes’ (Occupier’s Liability, Employer’s Liability and Product Liability) and will further examine how tort protects land interests and personal integrity.

Tort Law in Context will allow opportunities for students to further develop their academic skills of legal research, legal writing, critical analysis and problem solving through the use of both real case examples and tailored case studies.

It therefore satisfies part of the law of obligations, as required by the qualifying law degree (QLD) requirements.

Module aims

To evaluate and examine the rules of law to a good level (comprising both the common law principles and relevant legislative provisions) which provide the legal framework of tort law both generally and in the example areas covered by the Tort Law in Context syllabus (as indicated below)

To consider, examine and demonstrate a knowledge of the considerations of policy which underlie tort law generally and in the areas covered by the Tort Law in Context syllabus

To consider and evaluate the objectives of tort law as they relate to the areas of tort law covered by the Tort in Context syllabus

To understand how the areas of tort law considered in the Tort in Context syllabus can overlap with and complement other areas of law, including Human Rights

Along with Introduction to Tort Law (Semester I) to satisfy the QLD requirements as to the law of Obligations

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Explain and demonstrate understanding of the central principles, concepts and history of tort law in the specific contexts studies in this Module KC
Demonstrate knowledge of the content of key legal areas as studied in this Module KCT
Use and engage with the sources of tort law, including common law, statute, and the law of the ECHR KCPT
Explain the competing policy concerns and values which inform tort and its development in the areas studied in this Module KCPT
Explain major tendencies within scholarly discussions of tort law in the areas studied in this Module KCPT
Apply knowledge of tort law as covered by this Module to solve problems and answer essay questions about its goals and content CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Special Liability Regimes


Occupiers Liability
Employers Liability
Product Liability


Protection of land interests


Private Nuisance
Public Nuisance
Rylands v Fletcher


Protection of personal interests


Defamation
Misuse of Private Information


 

 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Introduce topics, with particular emphasis on key areas of the syllabus, in lectures - using appropriate visual aids together with other with supporting materials (e.g. news clips)
Facilitate a more detailed study of the syllabus by directed independent study of selected legislation, case law and other texts and directed preparation of focussed tutorial questions
Enhance student’s understanding and awareness by group discussion in tutorial
Facilitate student’s revision of the Module by a written formative assessment (see below) and by interactive revision lectures during and at the end of the Semester


The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (2 hours per week x 11 weeks);

Tutorials, (1 hour per week x  9 weeks)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment addresses all learning outcomes listed above.

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:


Their knowledge of the topics covered;
Their ability to think critically and to analyse relevant areas of law and policy
Their ability to apply their knowledge and critical analysis to short problem questions and essays


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


2 hour written examination during the exam period for Semester 2 which will require the students to answer two questions comprising one essay and one problem question


 

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive feedback on their performance, as follows:


Oral feedback in lectures and, in particular, tutorials;
General class discussions on guided themes/topics, with immediate (oral) feedback on their performance;
Formal, written feedback on the formative assessment exercise which will give them practice in writing an answer to either an essay or problem question which is similar in style and content to what they can expect in their summative assessment;
Individual, informal feedback, from time to time, as required.

Reading list

Reading list for TORT LAW IN CONTEXT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/law1046

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Law LLB (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.