Torts and Compensation Systems (Professor Irvine)

Torts and Compensation Systems 

Course number: LAW 1480


Tort law consists of a collection of individual torts designed to protect particular private interests. It is most easily divided between conduct that is intentional and conduct that is negligent.  After a brief introduction to the law of torts, the 1st term will focus on the intentional torts.  Often referred to as the nominate (named) torts, these torts involve conduct that is wrongful when deliberately committed and damage (to person or property) is caused.   The 1st term will conclude with an introduction to the law of negligence, in which injury results from a failure to take the necessary care not to cause harm (as opposed to intentionally causing the harm).  The 2nd term will be devoted to studying the law of negligence.  Tort law also encompasses torts of strict liability where there is no need to prove wrongful (intentional or negligent conduct). Strict liability will be briefly addressed if there is adequate time.

Teaching Method

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, in class exercises and discussions.


1st Term Exam (in class) – 35%

Comment on Tort Law – 30%

Final Exam – 35%

Course Materials

Required: Solomon, McInnes, Chamberlain & Pitel, Cases and Materials on The Law of Torts, 8th Edition (Toronto: Carswell, 2011) (available at UofM campus bookstore).


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