Module Title:Tort Law 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - students will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported by online learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the general principles of tort law by examining the various forms of liability attaching to the tort of negligence, the relationship between common law, legislation and judicial policy. This module also aims to contribute to the development of the student’s skills in legal analysis and problem-solving as well as research and reasoning skills.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the functions and principles of tort law and the general characteristics of tortious liability.
LO2 Analyse the essential elements of the tort of negligence and the circumstances in which liability in negligence will arise.
LO3 Distinguish between liability arising through fault-based and strict liability torts.
LO4 Utilise traditional and electronic sources in carrying out legal research relating to the law of tort.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Torts
Definition, nature, aims and functions of the law of torts • Historical development • The law of torts and its relationship with other areas of law
Causation and Remoteness
Introduction • Causation – factual and legal • Remoteness
Negligence: General Principles
Introduction to and history of negligence • Duty of Care • Breach of Duty – Standard of Care, Proof of Breach • Damage • Recovery for Economic Loss and Nervous Shock
Negligence: Specific Applications
Dangerous Products (including Liability for Defective Products Act 1991) • Employers’ Duty to Employees • Road Accidents • Professional Negligence including Negligent Misstatements • Construction and Maintenance of Real property (including Occupiers’ Liability) • Public Authorities’ Duties • Occupiers’ Liability
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination80.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other n/a 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4 80.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 9.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBLAW_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business with Law 3 Mandatory
CW_BBLEG_C_1 Higher Certificate in Arts in Legal Studies 3 Mandatory
CW_BBLAW_C Higher Certificate in Business with Law 3 Mandatory
CW_HHLAW_B Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree - LLB 1 Mandatory