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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Law of Torts
Module Code LG216
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David Keane
Semester 2: David Keane
Autumn: David Keane
Module TeachersDavid Keane
Niall Moran
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The course aims to acquaint students with the role of tort law as either apportioning blame or compensating for loss and injury. The module will cover the most common causes of action litigated in the courts and will consider the underlying rules both of the common law and of statute which govern such suits.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the key principles of tort in Ireland
2. Distinguish liability in tort from other areas of the law
3. Apply the rules and principles of tort in Ireland to solve common legal problems which are governed by the law of tort
4. Critique the law of tort as a mechanism for compensating intentional and accidental injuries
5. Identify the individual principles and rules which govern different causes of action in the tort system
6. Locate, classify and summarise relevant legal materials in respect of the law of tort

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study51Reading Course Texts
Independent Study50Library / Online Research
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Nature of the law of tort; tort distinguished from other areas of law; historical developments of the law of tort; role and function of tort in the compensation system.

Development of the duty of care; the standard of care; causation; remoteness of damage, defences to negligence

Negligence: Forms of Loss
Pure economic loss, psychiatric damage and negligent misstatement.

Professional Negligence
The development of the professional standard of care; medicine and the law of tort; negligence actions against solicitors and barristers.

The Defamation Act 2009; case law on definition of defamation.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • E Quill: 2009, Torts in Ireland, 3rd edn, Gill and MacMillan, Dublin,
  • J Helay: 2006, Principles of Irish Torts, 1st edn, Clarus Press,
  • B McMahon and W Binchy: 2014, Irish Law of Torts, 3rd edn, Tottel, Dublin,
  • U Connolly and S Quinlivan: 2006, Tort, Cases and Materials, Thomson Round hall,
  • B McMahon and W Binchy: 2005, Casebook on the Irish Law of Torts, 3rd edn, Tottel,
  • S Deakin, A Johnston, B Markesini: 2008, Tort Law, 6th edn, Oxford University Press,
  • W Rogers: 2007, Winfield and Jolowicz on Tort, 17th edn, Sweet and Maxwell, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJLBachelor of Arts (BAJL)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
BCLBachelor of Civil Law (Law & Society)
Date of Last Revision12-JAN-12

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