Module Details

Module Code: LAWS C2316
Module Title: Tort Law 1
Title: Tort Law 1
Module Level:: 8
Credits:: 5
Module Coordinator: Eileen Doyle
Module Author:: John Tully
Module Description: 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 will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
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.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
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
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination80.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Other % of Total Mark 20
Timing n/a Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 80
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Learning Time Non Contact No Description Every Week 6.00 6
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.50 1.5
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • John Tully. Tort Law in Ireland, [ISBN: 9781905536696].
  • Bryan M E McMahon,William Binchy. (2013), Law of Torts, Bloomsbury Professional, p.2048, [ISBN: 9781847669179].
  • Eoin Quill. (2014), Torts in Ireland, Gill & MacMillan, p.672, [ISBN: 0717159701].
  • Paul Ward. Tort Law in Ireland, [ISBN: 978-904113332].
  • Bryan M E McMahon (Author), William Binchy (Author). Casebook on the Irish Law of Torts, 3. Bloomsbury Professional, [ISBN: 18459203].
  • Christian Witting (Author). Street on Torts, OUP Oxford; 15th edition (11 July 2018), [ISBN: 978-019881116].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
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