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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Advanced Torts
Module Code LG225
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Róisín �ine Costello
Semester 2: Oscar Lyons
Autumn: Oscar Lyons
Module TeachersOscar Lyons
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Essay. Exam

This module explores the function and role of the law of torts in contemporary society The module will examine in depth the public policy considerations that underlie the law of torts, in particular the requirement for torts law to balance the freedom to take action with the social need for the containment of risks. The module will provide students with enhanced understanding of the principles of torts as laid down in the common law rules and in legislation.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically appraise the different policy considerations that underpin rules governing the law of torts
2. Evaluate and contrast different critical perspectives on the law of torts
3. Describe and analyse the core elements of specific torts
4. Solve legal problems by reference to both case law and legislation.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial3No Description
Independent Study50Reading for lectures
Assignment Completion24Research and write-up
Independent Study24Exam revision
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

Indicative topics
Part I Overview of the Law of Torts − Critical perspectives on Torts (Economic, Feminist, Social Justice) Part II Procedure − Damages Part III Specific Torts − Business & Economic Torts- Employer s Liability, Professional Negligence I, Passing Off, Interference with Business Relations − Torts Affecting Land- Defective Premises, Trespass to Land − Torts Affecting Reputation- Privacy, Deceit and Injurious Falsehood − Torts & Bodily Integrity- Trespass to the Person, Professional Negligence II (Medical Negligence) − Public Authorities & Statutory Duties- Liability of Public Authorities, Breach of Statutory Duties

Students will be expected (via the guidelines, links and suggested readings on Moodle) to read case law and legislation, academic articles and core texts; participate in class discussions and keep abreast of ongoing developments in this area of law.

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

  • McMahon & Binchy: 0, Irlsh Law of Torts (latest ed),
  • Quill: 0, Torts in Ireland (latest ed),
  • McMahon and Binchy: 0, Casebook on the Law of Torts (latest ed),
  • Bottemley: 0, Feminist Perspectives on the Foundational Subjects of Law,
Other Resources

36913, Journal, 0, Quarterly Review of Tort Law; Dublin University Law Journal,
Programme or List of Programmes
BAJLBachelor of Arts (BAJL)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
BCLBachelor of Civil Law (Law & Society)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
Date of Last Revision12-JAN-12

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