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LS1520: CONTRACT (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Contract is one of the central subjects of private law and is one of the main branches of the law of obligations. Contract Law covers obligations which are voluntary in nature. Every day we make contracts from buying a newspaper to buying a house. Contract Law is an area where Scots law and English law are very similar and this course will cover Scots contract law but also highlight where English law differs with the aim of giving students a working knowledge of contract in both countries. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mr Scott Styles

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)
  • LS1022 Foundations of Private Law (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • LS1509 Contract (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course provides students with a sound knowledge of the core principles of the law of contract (an essential element of any legal system without which commerce could not function) with particular reference to the Law of Scotland. The course will include a consideration of such issues as how contracts are formed, the incorporation of legal terms, the circumstances in which apparent contracts are rendered legally and void, the legal regulation of unfair terms, breach of contract and remedies for breach.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One multiple-choice objective test (20%); 1 two-hour examination (80%). Note: In the event that a student misses the objective test for good cause, assessment will be by examination only.

Resit: One multiple-choice objective test (20%) carried forward from previous sitting (subject to the same good cause proviso noted above); 1 two-hour examination (80%).

Formative Assessment

Practice examination.


A tutorial is given over to discussing the practice examination. Students who fail the final exam have the option to go over their first paper prior to the resit. Feedback also occurs on an ongoing basis in the form of tutors' comments on students' contributions in tutorials.

Course Learning Outcomes


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