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Law Of Tort (Module)

Module description

Module description

The course focuses on general principles of tort liability as reflected in the law governing negligence, intentional interference with the person and the law of nuisance. In particular, the course seeks to promote understanding of and reflection upon:

  • The principles of the tort of negligence. This includes the duty of care owed in respect of physical damage, psychiatric injury, purely economic loss, omissions to prevent harm, and harm caused by public authorities. It also covers the applicable principles of causation and remoteness.
  • The statutory regulation of certain liabilities.
  • Wrongs to the person, including the intentional torts of including battery, assault and false imprisonment.
  • The principles of the tort of nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher.
  • Defamation and the Protection of privacy.
  • Vicarious liability.
  • Tort defences.
  • Basic principles of the law of damages and other remedies.
  • Comparative perspectives on tort law.
  • Theoretical perspectives on tort law.
In addition, there are 3 pieces of formative coursework required during the academic year although these are for feedback to enhance your learning and do not count towards your final mark of the module.

Staff information

Mr James Lee

Teaching pattern

Lecture (2 x 1 hour per week), Tutorial (16-20 tutorials over the year), Seminar (4 x 2 hour per year)


You are not expected to know any law before you begin at King's, however should you wish to do some pre-reading the following texts are recommended for this module. Please do not purchase textbooks for your modules until you have begun your studies as they are subject to change. 

•           Mark Lunney, Donal Nolan and Ken Oliphant, Tort Law: Text, Cases and Materials (6th edition, OUP, 2017) 


•           Jenny Steele, Tort Law: Text, Cases and Materials (4th edition, OUP, 2017)

Module assessment - more information

2 hour closed book examination (70%); 1 Summative assessed research essay (30%)

Required module for

Key information

Module code 6FFLK001

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module Yes