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Course Description

Credit Units: 4

Lecturers: Mr. J.I.O. Nwabuike (LL. B, B.L) Email Id:, College of Arts, Law, Administration & Management Sciences, Department of Law

Learning Outcomes/Objectives:

This class will serve as a basic introduction to tort law principles surrounding negligence and intentional infliction of harm. It is intended to expose students to a subject of significant concern not only to judges and lawyers who must administer it, but also to the public at large, whose every move is regulated by the law of tort. The course will cover the ways in which the common law has developed methods and devices to impose civil liability on persons, corporations and institutions as a result of harmful conduct. 

Course Objectives: 

The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the fundamental principles of tort law. The course aims to convey: 

  1. An understanding of the criteria or reasoning process used by courts in determining tort 

liability; 2. An ability to identify tort law issues if and when they arise in real life situations; 3. An ability to make concise and effective tort law arguments; 4. An ability to apply legal principles to factual scenarios in a practical way; 5. An appreciation of the normative and theoretical issues that shape tort law. 

Course Outline: 

  1. Negligence 
  2. Duty of care b. Breach of duty c. Causation d. Defence 2. Nuisance 3. Defamation 4. Intentional Torts/Trespass 


This course requires textbook and electronic readings. Any readings not yet listed will be provided with sufficient notice as the course progresses. Where possible, when a text reading covers a particular case, I will provide a pdf of the case. Alternatively, a link to a website with the full text of this case will also be listed in brackets. This way you will be able to complete some of your readings away from the reference library and/or without photocopying, if you prefer. In some instances, the version of the case in the textbook is shortened to include only the 

most relevant passages, and thus it may save you time to read from the text. Most of the readings for this class will require internet access. 

Methods of Instruction: 

  1. Lectures 2. Tutorials 3. Discussion groups 

Methods of Course Assessment: Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following: 

Criteria Marks Attendance/Dress code 10 Class Tests 10 Class Assignments 10 Final Examination 70 TOTAL 100 

Class participation is STRONGLY encouraged. This includes the student’s demonstrated completion of readings and engagement with materials and in class, as well as attendance and punctuality. There will be occasions where class participation will include small assignments and ascertainment of the completion of those small assignments. 

The Assignment will be a take-home work which shall be covered within a period of 2-3 weeks. 

The problem question will be answered in class. Students will be given a choice of 2 questions and asked to answer 1 of them. Use of class notes will not be permitted during this test. The student will be required to apply legal principles of negligence to a set of facts in a practical manner. 

The final examination will cover concepts and materials studied throughout the semester. 

Recommended Reference Materials: a. Textbooks 

  1. Jenny Steele, Tort Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (3rd Edition), Oxford University 

Press 2014. b. Web 

  2. Handouts

Please click on the course content tab to have access to all required materials for this course.

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