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Unit information: Law of Tort in 2018/19

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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 Professor. Kelly
Open unit status Not open




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


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 details

This unit is taught by way of 20-30 lectures, 10 two-hour seminars and 2 assessment preparation and feedback sessions. Lectures are delivered jointly to students on the related undergraduate unit.

Assessment Details

Summative: a 2000 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%). Both assessments will assess all of the Intended Learning Outcomes for this unit in the context of topics selected by the examiners.

Formative: students will have

  • the opportunity to sit a formative exam in the midsessional exam period
  • at least 3 formative assessment exercises covering both coursework and exam style questions prepared before class, assessed using a variety of self led, peer to peer, and one-to-one tutor feedback in seminars.

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