Module SXL-2212:
Contract Law

Module Facts

Run by School of Law

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Hayley Roberts

Overall aims and purpose

Contract Law is a compulsory module in the LLB programme. The aim of this module is to enable students to state and apply the rules of the English law of contract dealt with in the course accurately and relevantly, and to make assessments of that law and the scholarship pertaining thereto. The module will enable students to understand the nature of contract and concepts underpinning the subject, and how contract differs from other forms of liability and what the rules relating to the granting of remedies are. It will enable students to compare and contrast that law accurately and relevantly with the equivalent areas of any other legal system.

Course content

The module will provide the student with the foundations governing the formation and enforceability of contracts (promise, acceptance and agreement), areas of capacity, intention, legality and certainty of terms. The module includes the remedies available to the parties to a contract and the doctrine of privity of contract. The module will also cover an outline of the law of restitution.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

D: An answer which, while predominantly correct in its presentation of material, contains a significant level of error and is therefore not entirely reliable.

E, F: An answer in which the level of error is such that the answer becomes substantially unreliable as a presentation of the subject, there remaining, however, a significant amount of correct material.

good

B: A comprehensive answer, containing all or most of the material relevant to the question with no or very little irrelevancy, all the material and references being predominantly accurate and correct, with no or very little inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in an argument which, while clear, logical and critical, leaves room for improvement in its construction and presentation. An answer which shows complete competence in the subject.

C: An answer which, while always in the main accurate and correct, fails to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant material and is lacking in criticism. An answer which while reliable with regard to correctness is either not comprehensive or not entirely pertinent.

excellent

A*: A truly exceptional answer, which demonstrates complete mastery of the subject matter and also makes a substantial original contribution of a high standard which advances the understanding of the subject. The answer contains all relevant points and arguments, complete with fully supported independent and mature evaluation of the topic, with no errors or irrelevant content. Where relevant, the answer will also evidence an excellent comparative evaluation of the issues concerned. All the material and references (where applicable) are perfectly presented in the answer, and the answer is perfectly constructed and grammatically perfect in English/Welsh. In the case of a dissertation or assignment, the answer would be suitable for publication in a refereed journal. A+: An exceptional answer, demonstrating complete mastery of the subject matter with no room for improvement whatsoever. The answer contains all relevant points and arguments, complete with fully supported independent and mature evaluation of the topic, with no errors or irrelevant content. Where relevant, the answer will also evidence an excellent comparative evaluation of the issues concerned. All the material and references (where applicable) are perfectly presented in the answer, and the answer is perfectly constructed and grammatically perfect in English/Welsh. A: An outstanding answer, demonstrating mastery of the subject matter with extremely little room for improvement. The answer contains all relevant points and arguments, complete with fully supported independent and mature evaluation of the topic, with practically no errors or irrelevant content. Where relevant, the answer will also evidence an in-depth comparative evaluation of the issues concerned. All the material and references (where applicable) are presented in near perfect form in the answer, and the answer is extremely well constructed and grammatically excellent in English/Welsh.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe, explain, analyse and evaluate the principle characteristics and concepts of the English law of contract, relating them to their political, social, economic and cultural context.

  2. Have an increasing familiarity with the research and literature related to the English law of contract.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the English law of contract, including: contractual liability and the use of presumptions in determining contractual liability; the development of promissory estoppel; the distinction between contractual terms and non-contractual representations; the remedies for breach of contract.

  4. Find, identify and use relevant legal sources in relation to the English law of contract.

  5. Undertake independent legal research in relation ot the relevant areas of the English law of contract.

  6. Apply legal knowledge to actual or hypothetical factual scenarios related to contract law.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Written assignment 1
Final examination 2

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Tutorial

Tutorials will routinely require students to engage individually and in groups in acquiring, commenting upon, critically evaluating and applying the principles and details of the subject under the guidance and instruction of the tutor.

8
Private study 156
Lecture

The module will be taught by means of 36 hours of lectures and 8 hours of tutorials, both taught over the course of two semesters.

36

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Develop the ability to interpret legal rules and employ techniques of legal reasoning competently and efficiently in order to offer a range of solutions and conclusions to actual or hypothetical complex legal problems, all supported by relevant academic literature, jurisprudence and legislative research. Such solutions will be clearly communicated and presented
  • Develop the ability to analyse complex legal issues, set against the background of the political, social, economic or cultural contexts in which they may arise
  • Develop those skills which are necessary for scholarship and research in legal subjects, namely the ability to identify relevant primary and secondary legal sources and to retrieve accurate legal information using paper and electronic sources

Resources

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: