General Course Information
1.1 Course details
|Course code:||LLAW1005 and LAW1006|
|Course name:||Law of Tort I & II|
|Programme offered under:||LLB Programme|
|Designated research course:||Not applicable|
|Prerequisites / Co-requisites:||No|
|Course offered to non-law students:||No|
|Credit point value:||6 credits + 6 credits|
1.2 Course description
Tort is one of the first subjects undertaken in the LLB degree. Along with contract and unjust enrichment (also sometimes referred to as restitution), it forms part of the law of obligations, which covers the situations in which one person may be liable to another person in private law. In tort, that liability is, generally, to pay damages as compensation for a wrong. The law of torts covers a vast array of circumstances in which an individual incurs responsibility for conduct that the law classifies as wrongful.
For the most part, the law of torts comprises a set of doctrines and principles that have been developed by the common law courts. It is, accordingly, for the most part a subject that demands familiarity with the rules enshrined in case law. But, as with most other areas of law today, statute law now also plays an important role. As such, students who study this course will need to master both a large number of cases and a limited number of statutes.
While the law of torts has been around in one form or another for centuries, the rules it contains are far from settled. Much of the law—including new developments—remains controversial. Mastery of the subject thus requires familiarity not just with the established principles that are clear and universally accepted, but also some appreciation of those parts that are unsettled and the subject of ongoing debates.
1.3 Course teachers
|Course convenor (first semester)||Shane Chalmersfirstname.lastname@example.org||CCT 809||By email|
|Course convenor / tutor (second semester)||John Murphyemail@example.com||CCT 906||By email|
|Course tutor (first and second semester)||Tessa Chanfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor (first semester)||Daisy Cheungemail@example.com||CCT 406||By email|
|Course tutor (first semester)||Rick Glofcheskifirstname.lastname@example.org||CCT 305||By email|
|Course tutor (first semester)||David Kwokemail@example.com||CCT 804||By email|
|Course tutor (first semester)||Jerry Tamfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor (first semester)||Thomas Yeon||thomas.yeon@18LC.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor (second semester)||Bennett Au Yeungemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor (second semester)||Jacky Chanfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor (second semester)||Catherine Hauemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor (second semester)||Abel Lamfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor (second semester)||Adrian Loemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor (second semester)||Christy Wongfirstname.lastname@example.org||N/A||By email|
|Course tutor (second semester)||Cordelia Yeungemail@example.com||N/A||By email|
2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course
CLO 1 Identify situations in which liability in tort arises and how that liability differs from other forms of civil liability.
CLO 2 Explain the rules and principles of some of the most important torts, and the remedies available when they are committed.
CLO 3 Apply the principles of tort law in the solution of legal problems/disputes.
CLO 4 Evaluate countervailing arguments in connection with those aspects of tort law that remain enmired in controversy.
CLO 5 Deploy, carefully and powerfully, primary sources of tort law.
2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/
2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course
|PLO A||PLO B||PLO C||PLO D||PLO E||PLO F|
3.1 Assessment Summary
|Assessment task||Due date||Weighting||Feedback method*||Course learning outcomes|
|Mid-term in-hall exam (1st semester)||19 Dec 2023||50%||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Final in-hall exam (2nd semester)||TBC||50%||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)|
|1||A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle|
|2||Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle|
|3||Individual review meeting upon appointment|
|4||Group review meeting|
|5||In-class verbal feedback|
3.2 Assessment Detail
To be advised by course convenor(s).
3.3 Grading Criteria
Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf
4.1 Learning Activity Plan
|Lecture:||2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks|
|Tutorial:||1 hour / week for 12 teaching weeks|
|Private study time:||9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks|
Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.
4.2 Details of Learning Activities
To be advised by course convenor(s).
|Reading materials:||Reading materials are posted on Moodle|
|Core reading list:||One of the major textbooks mentioned on course handouts
The various primary materials relevant to each topic (and, again, detailed on course handouts)
|Recommended reading list:||Additional, secondary materials mentioned on tutorial worksheets|
Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/