Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Law of Obligations II

Course unit fact file
Unit code LAWS20400
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Law
Available as a free choice unit? No


Obligations II (Tort law) is a core and dynamic subject occupying a central position (alongside Contract law) within the common law of obligations. The subject is based largely on case law, although some statutory provisions will be considered. The course unit covers the following:

- Introduction to Tort Law

- The Law of Negligence - General and Specific Situations; Defences

- Occupiers’ Liability

- The Law of Nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher

- The law of Defamation

- The Intentional Torts

- Vicarious Liability


- To continue students' acquaintance with the process of legal reasoning and analysis

- To acquire legal skills in understanding, interpreting and applying sources of information

- To acquire knowledge and understanding of tort law as a substantive body of law

- To understand the main theoretical underpinnings of torts and to appreciate the relationship between torts and the other branches of obligations law

Learning outcomes

To acquire knowledge, namely:

- to understand the rules contained in, and the underlying philosophies behind, tort law

- to understand legal precedents and to be aware of the major principles and policy considerations that may influence the future development of torts law


To reinforce and develop skills, namely, to be able to:

- argue in a logical and persuasive manner

- resolve torts problems using precedents and statutes- understand the importance of case law and legal texts within the context of torts law


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures are designed to introduce students to main concepts.

Seminars are designed to promote small-group discussion around some of the controversial aspects of the law, and to provide practice in approaching hypothetical problem-style questions.



Intellectual skills

Students should be able to construct, substantiate and deliver persuasive, lawyerly arguments both in the context of seminar discussions and formative coursework. Questions are designed principally to assist students in their cultivation of a critical faculty. Problem questions in particular require students to identify and analyse the moot points in issue and to present a logically constructed, persuasively written, legal argument as to how a hypothetical scenario may be resolved on the strength of existing precedents and tort law doctrines.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Written essay (coursework), 100%

Seminars will also provide informal feedback in a group-setting on students' progress in understanding and applying tort law principles.

Recommended reading

Essential reading

R. Mulheron,Principles of Tort Law, 2nd. Ed., Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2020


Useful supplementary reading

Witting,Street on Torts, 16th ed., Oxford: Oxford UP, 2021

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Seminars 8

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Margaret Cunningham Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Restricted to: 2 year LLB for whom this course is compulsory.

Pre-requisites: Compulsory year 1 Law School courses.

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