HA5004 - Tort Law

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop a critical understanding of Tort Law in England and Wales. Tort Law concerns the circumstances in which a person may be liable to provide a remedy to another for the consequences of a civil wrong (other than a breach of contract). You will learn about why and how the law has evolved to create obligations in Tort Law, the shape and extent of those responsibilities and the remedies available for failure to meet those obligations. Topics include:
? An introduction to the nature and function of Tort Law

? Trespass to the person – personal rights to freedom from intentional interference with bodily integrity

? Negligence:

o Duty of care – when a duty of care is owed to another, and the scope of that duty

o Breach of the duty of care – the standard of care expected, and determining when it is met

o Causation and remoteness – the principles determining the extent of responsibility for loss

o Defences – full and partial defences available

o Psychiatric harm – as a particular problematic area in negligence law

? Occupiers’ liability to persons on their premises (lawfully and otherwise)
? Vicarious liability – when a person may be responsible in Tort law for the actions of another person

? Nuisance – the law of private nuisance

? Remedies

You will develop knowledge and critical understanding of Tort Law in these aspects, reading and applying cases, statutes and other material to answer problem questions and essay questions.

How will I learn on this module?

You will study Tort in one 12 week semester, and will learn via large group lectures, via Panopto, supported by small group sessions together with tutor guided and student independent learning.

Large group sessions will introduce you to key Tort Law principles and themes in each topic, giving you a structured overview of how those principles relate to establishing liability in a topic by looking at case law, statutes and other sources. Sessions enable you to understand different topics and develop problem-solving skills specific to each topic, which, in turn, will help you to engage effectively with independent learning, critical thinking and tackle exercises in small group sessions.

Small group sessions focus on developing your skills in applying principles and problem-solving skills in the different topics. Sessions include an exercise where you will use and apply your knowledge and understanding from large group sessions and independent learning to tackle a problem question in each topic in a structured way, focussed to a given set of facts. Other guided exercises may build your awareness and recognition of other areas beyond the problem question, to give you a broader overview.

Independent learning enables you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Tort Law topics and includes tutor-guided independent learning to support your engagement in large and small group sessions. Resources available from the dedicated module e-Learning Portal (eLP) include recorded lectures, guided reading using digital online reading lists, interactive self-evaluation tasks and tools. You have an opportunity for valuable feedback on your independent learning

Importantly, you will also learn at work, through reflecting on your experiences and applying your knowledge to your practice in the workplace. The seminars, workshops and lectures will introduce you to theories and concepts and allow you to discuss with the tutors and your peers how these relate to your own work based experiences and practice.

You will be building a portfolio of evidence that illustrates your continued development as a solicitor throughout the third year of the programme. This portfolio will enable you to demonstrate how you have applied your learning from across all third stage modules into your workplace practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by a mix of approaches. The Tort Law module is carefully designed to focus on the important concepts and themes in Tort Law, and aims to give you a structured approach to learning and the ability to develop analysis and problem-solving skills. The pre recorded large group sessions, small group sessions and independent learning are designed to be used together to help you to understand the topics covered in an effective, efficient way. Your independent learning, outside scheduled teaching, is tutor-guided, to support your engagement in large and small group sessions – and supported by a dedicated module e-Learning Portal (eLP) which will include webcasts, guided reading using digital online reading lists, interactive self-evaluation tasks, including self-test quizzes on Tort Law topics and other tools. Your module tutor is there to support you, by email, in person or through the eLP, to help you to understand any aspects of the module.

In small group sessions, you will get valuable feedback on your independent learning from your tutor, and this will be helped by outline answers and structured answer plans being made available, to help you to develop your skills. You will received feedback in preparation for the assessment to ensure your skills are honed.

As above, your module is also supported by an e-learning portal, which houses all the module learning materials, workshop resources, interactive activities, assessment details and various other support facilities which are provided by the University. In addition, in order to assist you in developing knowledge, you will have access to the University’s library facilities, including extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal articles.
Support will also include opportunities to gain feedback from your Guidance Tutor. The Programme Leader can be contacted in addition to your Guidance Tutor in respect of any problems.

The Programme Administration Team and Student Progress Team are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module, such as receiving your completed assignment, returning your marked assignment and recording your marks. They and the module tutor will contact you throughout the duration of your module with important dates and other issues

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the development, underlying concepts, principles and context of substantive areas of Tort Law and be able to initiate and undertake critical analysis within those areas.

• Apply and interpret substantive Tort Law in the wider context of a hypothetical problem.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
You will be expected to:
• Understand how to apply a range of source material which may include primary, secondary, doctrinal and policy materials, to address Tort Law problems and be able to propose reasoned alternative solutions supported by critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments.

• Recognise ambiguity and uncertainty in the law and identify potential alternative conclusions and provide supporting reasons for them.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
You will be expected to:
Develop intellectual independence by being able to ask and answer cogent questions about Tort Law, identify gaps in knowledge and acquire new knowledge.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
On an ongoing basis you will have a mix of formative assessment opportunities including:
? Periodic online multiple choice questions (MCQs) accompanying each topic in Tort Law, synchronised with the sequence of topics in your large group sessions, throughout the delivery of the module. Questions will have feedback on answers.

? Answer plans to problem questions in small group sessions – providing a structure of an answer to a problem question – release synchronised with the end of the delivery of a particular small group session cycle.

? Past assessment questions available, together with points of answer available and (where possible), markers’ comments on good/less good performance.

? Past assessment questions and answers (with grades) available, with anonymised feedback on previous answers.

? In-session formative feedback on your independent learning in your small group sessions

? In-session formative feedback on your independent learning and large group sessions using learning technology (classroom response technology - TurningPoint) in large group sessions

Summative assessment
A single two-hour examination comprising 100% of the module assessment.

Your tutors will be looking for your ability to investigate and analyse problems in Tort Law.
The relevant Law School grading and assessment criteria will apply and be made available from the start of the module. They will be considered in a large group session.

You will be provided with appropriate written or oral feedback (as appropriate), and, as part of your reflective development, such feedback can be used in the preparation of subsequent module assessments on the programme.





Module abstract

‘Tort Law’ creates rights and responsibilities for everyone. It places responsibilities on people not to unlawfully interfere with the rights of others. It gives a right to a remedy to those who suffer injury, loss and damage as a result of wrongful behaviour, including negligence, nuisance and battery. It can shape behaviour in society, and the way that we think about risk.

Using a blend of large group sessions to understand key themes and principles, tutor-guided independent learning and work based learning to deepen knowledge and small group sessions to develop your analysis and problem-solving skills, you will learn how Tort Law applies in practical everyday contexts in the real world.

You will benefit from technology-enhanced learning, including webcasts and interactive self-evaluation tools, and feedback opportunities, to build your skills, knowledge and understanding of this important area of law, equipping you for the module assessment (an examination) and beyond, applying what you have learnt to your role as a professional practitioner.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 6 Years Part Time

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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