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LS4543: DELICT (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

This course builds upon the introduction to Delict provided in LS2025 and LS1536 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Euan West

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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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 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

2500 word essay 50%

48 hours written exam 50%


Resit: 48 hours written exam 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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