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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Introduces students to the Law of Torts by examining the history and development of torts, and  the   growth of statutory compensation alternatives to traditional actions in Tort. Examines the substantive law by reference to legislation and case-law applicable to  intentional torts, economic torts and the tort of defamation and enables students to obtain an in depth understanding of  newer areas of tortious liability .

Unit content

  1. Introduction:
    1. Foundations of Tort Law
    2. History and Development of the Law of Torts
  2. Formulating Responses to Problems in tort
  3. Statutory Compensation Schemes for Torts Claims
  4. Intentional Torts:
    1. Trespass and Case
    2. Deceit and Injurious Falsehood
  5. Intentional Torts:
    1. Trespass to Land
    2. Trespass to Goods/Personal Property
  6. Intentional torts:
    1. Trespass to the Person
    2. Miscellaneous Intentional Torts
    3. Defences to Intentional Torts
  7. Economic Torts:
    1. Deceit
    2. Injurious Falsehood
    3. Passing Off
    4. Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
  8. Economic Torts:
    1. Intentionally Procuring a breach of Contract
    2. Intimidation
    3. Conspiracy
    4. Interference with a trade or Business by Unlawful Means
    5. Misfeasance in a Public Office
  9. Nuisance:
    1. Public Nuisance
    2. Private Nuisance
  10. Defamation:
    1. Defences and Remedies to Defamation
    2. Invasion of Privacy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 develop high level skills in the analysis of legal problems in tort, and formulate appropriate written responses to demonstrate those skills.
2 demonstrate an understanding of the core principles of the torts of defamation, trespass and nuisance; economic and intentional torts
3 Demonstrate an ability to develop a sustained legal argument both orally and in writing in a logical and effective way and apply case law and legislative provisions to solve factual legal problems relating to the law of torts;

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. develop high level skills in the analysis of legal problems in tort, and formulate appropriate written responses to demonstrate those skills.
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the core principles of the torts of defamation, trespass and nuisance; economic and intentional torts
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. Demonstrate an ability to develop a sustained legal argument both orally and in writing in a logical and effective way and apply case law and legislative provisions to solve factual legal problems relating to the law of torts;
    • GA1:
    • GA4: