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LAW2161 : General Principles of Tort

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Richard Mullender
  • Lecturer: Mr Keith Patten, Mrs Chris Fletcher, Dr Emilia Mickiewicz, Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


To develop knowledge and understanding of:

The fundamental principles of Tort Law;

The adjudicative and legislative processes that issue in the development of Tort Law;

The interfaces between Tort Law and other bodies of law (including, inter alia, Public Law);

The relevance of legal materials from other jurisdictions to Tort Law; and -

The relevance of materials from other disciplines (e.g., political philosophy) to Tort Law.

Outline Of Syllabus


Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture611:0061:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1328:00328:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lecturing as the principal teaching method is justified by the need to assist students in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding of a sizeable and detailed body of materials. Lectures also afford a forum in which research-led teaching (on, inter alia, the incremental development liability rules) can proceed.

Seminars provide a forum in which students are given the opportunity to develop subject-specific and cognitive skills.

Private study involves:

- directed study following lectures;
- directed study in preparation for seminars; and -
- self-directed and directed study relevant to the assessed coursework, which affords an opportunity to bring together relevant knowledge and understanding and cognitive, research-related, and assessed key skills.

'Drop-in/surgery' contact time is provided in this module as part of the Law School assessment and feedback policy such that markers and/or module leaders will offer the opportunity for one-to-one oral feedback on students' written work, in addition to written feedback on coursework front sheets and generic class feedback. The time given above is merely indicative and more time may be scheduled if necessary to meet the demand for individual feedback.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1352A67Students will be required to answer three questions from a choice of eight.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M332000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination affords students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject-specific, cognitive, and key skills. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within the syllabus.

The coursework affords students an opportunity to demonstrate sophisticated written communication skills, research-related skills, and depth of understanding (and associated cognitive skills).

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