Run by School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Miss Lois Nash
Overall aims and purpose
The aim of this module is to enable students to state and apply the rules of the English and Welsh 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.
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. However, the module will not be confined to these topics.
Threshold: D- to D+ (40-49%) An answer which, while predominantly correct in its presentation of material, contains a significant level of error and is therefore not entirely reliable.
Good: B- to B+ (60-69%) High Standard: A comprehensive answer, containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no 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- to C+ (50-59%) 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- to A* (70+%) An outstanding answer containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in a clear, logical, critical argument with little room for improvement. An answer which demonstrates a complete mastery of the subject.
Understand and distinguish the basic concepts and rules relevant to the English and Welsh law of contract, including: the nature of contractual liability; the distinction between offers and invitations to treat; the difference between executed, executory and past consideration; the remedies available for breach of contract.
Identify correctly the rules of the English and Welsh law of contract which are pertinent to understanding a proposition contained in a question or statement.
State relevant arguments for and against a proposition related to the law of contract in an unbiased manner.
Cite and recognise correctly the legal authorities and scholarly opinions which support or refute arguments related to contract law.
Be aware of wider contextual issues in relation to the English and Welsh law of contract.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
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. Tutorials are run on a fortnightly basis and each tutorial lasts an hour.
Students will be expected to undertake preliminary background reading (as detailed in the module booklet), and carry out independent research in order to familiarise themselves with forthcoming topics.
The module will be taught by means of 36 hours of lectures, taught over the course of two semesters. Lectures are run on a weekly basis and each lecture lasts 2 hours.
- 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
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- 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.
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- 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
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
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
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/sxl-1112.html
Paul Richards, Law of Contract (14th edition, Pearson) C Turner, Unlocking Contract Law (4th edition, Routledge) C Elliott and F Quinn, Contract Law (11th edition, Pearson) R Taylor and D Taylor, Contract Law Directions (6th edition, OUP) E McKendrick, Contract Law (13th edition, Palgrave Macmillan) P. Davies, JC Smith’s The Law of Contract (2nd edition, OUP) J Poole, Textbook on Contract Law (13th edition, OUP) M Chen-Wishart, Contract Law (6th edition, OUP) R Stone, The Modern Law of Contract (12th edition, Routledge) J Beatson, Anson’s Law of Contract (30th edition, OUP) E Peel, Treitel on The Law of Contract (14th edition, Sweet & Maxwell) M Furmston, Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston’s Law of Contract (17th edition, OUP) J Morgan, Great Debates in Contract Law (2nd edition, Palgrave)
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- N2MB: BA Business Man & Law (4 year with Incorp Foundation) year 1 (BA/BML1)
- NM11: BA Business and Law year 1 (BA/BUSALAW)
- NM1B: BA Business and Law (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 1 (BA/BUSLAW1)
- M212: LLB Criminal Law year 1 (LLB/CL)
- M21P: LLB Criminal Law with Placement Year year 1 (LLB/CLP)
- M115: LLB Law with English Literature (International Experience) year 1 (LLB/ILEL)
- M100: LLB Law year 1 (LLB/L)
- M11B: LLB Law (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 1 (LLB/L1)
- M1NB: LLB Law with Accounting & Finance (4yr with Incorp Found) year 1 (LLB/LAF1)
- M1R8: LLB Law with Modern Languages year 1 (LLB/LAWML)
- M1W1: LLB Law with Creative Media Writing year 1 (LLB/LCMW)
- M1W2: LLB Law with Creative Media Writing (International Exp) year 1 (LLB/LCMWI)
- M1V1: LLB Law with History year 1 (LLB/LH)
- M1V2: LLB Law with History (International Experience) year 1 (LLB/LHI)
- M102: LLB Law (International Experience) year 1 (LLB/LI)
- M103: LLB Law with Accounting & Finance (Intl Exp) year 1 (LLB/LIA)
- M110: LLB Law with Welsh (International Experience) year 1 (LLB/LIH)
- M113: LLB Law with Criminology (Intl Exp) year 1 (LLB/LIK)
- M1P2: LLB Law with Media Studies (International Experience) year 1 (LLB/LMSI)
- M10P: LLB Law with Placement Year year 1 (LLB/LP)
- M1L2: LLB Law with Politics year 1 (LLB/LPOL)
- M1C8: LLB Law with Psychology year 1 (LLB/LPSY)
- M1L3: LLB Law with Sociology year 1 (LLB/LSOC)
- M1Q5: LLB Law with Welsh year 1 (LLB/LW)
- M1M9: LLB Law with Criminology year 1 (LLB/LWCR)
- M1MB: LLB Law with Criminology (4 yr with Incorporated Foundation) year 1 (LLB/LWCR1)
- M1MP: LLB Law with Criminology with Placement Year year 1 (LLB/LWCRP)
- M1QK: LLB Law with English Literature year 1 (LLB/LWEL)