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LS4543: DELICT (HONOURS) (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course, builds upon the introduction to Delict provided in LS2025 and examines a number of aspects of the law of delict in greater detail.  Topics will be discussed in a comparative, historical and/or theoretical context.  The specific topics covered will vary on a year-by-year basis as the course aims to examine issues of topical interest.  Some of the topics covered in previous years include: causation; product liability; liability for breach of privacy; liability for pure economic loss; psychiatric injury; advocates' immunity and the liability of the police for negligently-conducted investigations.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor John Ford

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either LS1515 Non-Contractual Obligations (Passed) or LS2025 Delict & Unjustified Enrichment (Passed)
  • One of LS1011 Legal System and Method (Passed) or LS1021 Legal System (Passed) or LS1025 Legal System (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Law (LS) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • LX4543 Delict (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: The course aims to develop the students? Existing knowledge of the law of delict by providing students with an opportunity to develop a deeper knowledge of selected areas of the law of delict. The course further aims to permit students to develop their critical and analytical skills by assessing the extent to which the law serves legitimate policy aims and is readily-determinable, coherent and just. Content: The course will explore and critically evaluate selected areas of the Scots law of delict. The particular topics selected will vary from time to time depending on factors such as current developments in the law and the research interests of staff involved, but are likely to include some or all of the following:
  • The law of causation;
  • The continued role of immunities in for privileged classes of defenders in the law of negligence;
  • The principles governing the delictual liability of public authorities such as the police;
  • The principles governing liability for defective products;
  • The principles governing delictual liability for negligently-inflicted pure economic loss and/or psychiatric injury;
  • The law of defamation and verbal injury;
  • Breach of confidence.

  • Contact Teaching Time

    Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

    Teaching Breakdown

    More Information about Week Numbers

    Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

    Summative Assessments

    1st Attempt (LLB): 3000 word summative essay (33% of mark), two-hour examination (67% of mark) 1st Attempt (MA Legal Studies): 4000 word summative essay (33% of mark), two-hour examination (67% of mark) Resit: Normally, no resit is available.

    Formative Assessment

    One 800-word analysis of a reported case.


    Feedback will be provided on the feedback form within three weeks from the date of submission.

    Course Learning Outcomes


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