Module Details

Module Code: LAWS C2319
Module Title: Tort Law 2
Title: Tort Law 2
Module Level:: 8
Credits:: 10
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 main torts; the principles upon which liability is based in such areas as negligence, nuisance, liability for escapes, trespass and defamation; 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 Solve legal problems by analysing factual situations and identifying and applying the relevant law in order to produce reasoned solutions.
LO2 Explain the role of tort law in addressing the requirements of public policy and issues of personal responsibility.
LO3 Demonstrate understanding of both general and specific defences and the remedies available in an action in tort law.
LO4 Critically evaluate existing tort law in order to produce convincing arguments for reform.
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 • General Characteristics • Trespass to the Person • Trespass to land • Trespass to chattels • Defences
Introduction • Private nuisance • Public Nuisance • Defences
Strict Duties
Introduction • Rylands v Fletcher • Duty in relation to ultra-hazardous activities
Economic Torts
Introduction • Deceit • Injurious Falsehood • Passing Off • Interference with Economic Relations • Other torts – conspiracy, intimidation, interference with contractual relations, detinue, conversion, breach of confidence
Introduction • Elements of a cause of action • The Common Law rules • The Defamation Act 2009 • Defences
Emerging Causes of Action
Introduction • Interference with Constitutional Rights • Breach of EU Law • Non-contractual liability in EU law
Miscellaneous Torts
Abuse of Process • Interference with Domestic Relations • Liability in respect of fire • Liability in respect of animals • Actions on the case • Innominate torts
Defences, Proofs and Limitations
Defences – contributory negligence, consent or waiver • Proof – burden and standard of proof, res ipsa loquitur, types of evidence, appealing findings of fact • Limitation of actions
Parties to Tort Actions
Introduction • The State • Foreign States • The EU • Associations • Minors • Mentally Disabled persons • Concurrent Wrongdoers • Personal Representatives • Relatives
Responsibility for Others
Introduction • Vicarious Liability • non-delegable duties • Duties of Control
Introduction • Damages – categories of damages and quantum • Fatal Injuries and Death • Injunctions – quia timet, mandatory, prohibitory, interim, interlocutory and perpetual injunctions • Self-help • Alternative Dispute resolution •
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%


Full Time

No Continuous Assessment
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 100
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 14.00 14
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: 904113332].
  • Bryan M E McMahon (Author), William Binchy (Author). Casebook on the Irish Law of Torts, Bloomsbury Professional, [ISBN: 18459203].
  • Christian Witting. Street on Torts, 15. OUP Oxford, [ISBN: 019881116].
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
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