2835.19 - Torts

Course number
Upper secondary education or the equivalent.
To provide insight into torts as an area of the law. Emphasis will be on basic rules and concepts.
The course goes through the rules for when someone else can be made liable for damages that occur to a person or his/her property. The course covers certains aspects of tort law such as the culpa rule, the liability of children, strict lability and similar forms of liability that applies in certain areas, the liability of employers for acts of their employees and the rules concerning causality..
Learning and teaching approaches
40 hours. The teaching will be mainly organised as lectures and exercises.
Learning outcomes
The students shall be able to: - Describe the main rules in torts. - Describe the culpa rule. - Describe strict liability and show examples where this applies. - Describe the rules concerning causality. - Analyse the solutions to concrete problems in a way that shows that the students has understood important questions within torts. - Communicate knowledge within torts in a clear way. - Explain the objective criteria for awarding damages. - Explain the importance of the culpa rule for torts. - Explain the most important tort rules in specific areas. - Analyse the purpose of torts. - Analyse selected cases within torts.
Assessment method
Two 1 hour multiple choice exams, early and mid-semester, shall count for 1/3 of the mark. A final 4 hour written exam shall count for 2/3 of the mark. It is a precondition for access to the final exam that the student has attended both multiple choice exams, and reached at least the grade 02 (E), assessed as one independent performance. The student will have access to the internet and all course materials at the final exam.
Marking scale
Required reading is about 500 pages from this materials: Bo von Eyben & Helle Isager, Lærebog i erstatningsret, 8th Edition, and court decisions and other materials on Torts, available on Moodle prior to teaching sessions.
Kristian Joensen