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LAW2261 : General Principles of Tort

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Richard Mullender
  • Lecturer: Mr Keith Patten, Mrs Chris Fletcher, Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul, Dr Emilia Mickiewicz, Dr Christine Beuermann
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System



Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Tort Law

Negligence law: the basic Framework (embracing the doctrines of duty of care, breach of duty, causation, remoteness, and defences). Applications of negligence law particular areas: (i) psychiatric harm and (ii) medical liability.

Private nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher (including a detailed examination of remedies).

Applications of negligence law particular areas: (i) psychiatric harm ad (ii) pure economic loss (with the emphasis on negligent misstatement).

Private nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher (including a detailed examination of remedies).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:001 hour on recent developments in Tort Law, 1 hour on coursework guidance, 1 hour on exam technique
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Recorded material on defences in the law of negligence.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00To develop understanding of lecture material, and to emphasise reading and critical reflection.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1641:00164:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Synchronous Q&A sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design of this course reflects a determination to establish a close relationship between the various teaching activities (lectures and seminars) and the assessment.

The teaching activities have the purpose of providing a knowledge base, developing understanding, and refining skills in ways that that will make it possible for students taking the course to deliver richly informed, insightfully researched, and powerfully argued coursework.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1351A75Written in-person exam. Answer 2 of 4 questions.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M251500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessed coursework enables students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and skills (e.g., research-, interpretation-, and argument-related skills). This medium is particularly suited to developing in students a capacity for analysis and argument on topics that call for critical reflection in the light of research.

The unseen examination enables students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding and to apply a range of skills. More particularly, it provides a context in which students can demonstrate their ability to identify issues, apply knowledge insightfully to them, and advance arguments that, among other things, bear constructively on areas of controversy in the law.

Reading Lists