Law of Contract (Level 4)

Module summary

Module code: LAW1099
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): Aysem Diker Vanberg

Specification

Aims

To understand the general principles of the law of contract, to know statutory law and case law, and to be able to apply principles and rules to practical cases and scenarios. Students will have a solid theoretical understanding of the law of contract if they have successfully completed the course which they will be able to use as a foundation for their future studies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

1. Define and understand the basic components of a contract
2. show a knowledge and understanding of the substantive principles of the law of contract, including case law and basic legislation
3. Identify and explain relevant contractual principles and apply them in a practical context
4. Acquire basic problem-solving techniques and be able to present coherent, concise legal arguments.
5. Recognise the circumstances in which the courts or Parliament will interfere in the freedom of the parties to make their own agreements

Indicative content

• Offer & Acceptance.
• Consideration.
• Express Terms.
• Implied Terms.
• Exemption Clauses.
• Misrepresentation.
• Duress and undue influence.
• Mistake.
• Frustration.
• Remedies.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars and directed reading. Seminars will be designed to teach a variety of skills including problem-solving, analysing essay questions, structuring essay answers, communication of knowledge, research, reading of texts and case law.

Assessment

Method of Summative Assessment: Coursework.
Learning Outcomes: 1&4.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 25
Pass Mark: 40
Word Length: 1000 words.
Outline Details: An assessed piece of coursework on an area of contract law.

Method of Summative Assessment: Coursework
Learning Outcomes: 2&3.
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 25.
Pass Mark: 40.
Word Length: 1500 words.
Outline Details: An assessed piece of coursework on an area of contract law.

Method of Summative Assessment: Exam.
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4&5.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting:50
Pass Mark: 40.
Word Length: n/a.
Outline Details: Final examination (3 hours) - choice from a range of questions – students need to answer 3 questions.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Seminar questions made at home and discussed in class (answer models given), quizzes on VLE and in class that can be self-checked (often MCQ which aids in preparation of SQE exam which is also MCQ)