The essay question for the essay is as follows:
Critically evaluate, in relation to the common law duty of care, the liability of
employers for references. How, if at all, does the liability of a university (such
as the University of Sussex) differ regarding references given to potential
employers in respect of current (or former) students.
The knowledge key words are: the liability of employers for references. The relevancy
key words are: in relation to the common law duty of care. Put in other words
is the scope of an employer’s liability in the tort of negligence for references given to
current or former employees? The question also asks for a view to be expressed as
to whether references given by universities in respect of current and former students
are to be treated the same as references given by employers to employees. It is a
bad mistake not to give an answer to the additional sub-question.
The instructional key words are: critically evaluate
. The adverb “critically” is often
to question verbs such as “evaluate”. It invites students to challenge received
wisdom and to offer an alternative to a dominant interpretation of an issue. The verb
“evaluate” requires an assessment of the different aspects of a subject area or
Evaluating often requires a consideration of the advantages and
disadvantages (pros and cons) but try to avoid a “list-based” approach.
Structuring your essay
The essay length is 1,200 words. The essay should be up-to-date and referenced in
an appropriate way (i.e. the Harvard or name-date referencing style) demonstrating
that you have consulted a range of decent and reliable sources
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