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LS4069: CONTRACT LAW (HONOURS) (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

The course builds upon the basic understanding of contract law acquired in Contract (LS1520), although it is  important to understand that the topics are approached from a more theoretical perspective, and will critically evaluate at an advanced level, a number of themes introduced in LS1520. The course approaches a selection of current problems in contract law doctrine from the theoretical, comparative and philosophical perspectives. The topics  will vary annually but will include the philosophical basis of contract law, contractual formation, good faith, promise,  contractual remedies, factors vitiating consent, contractual interpretation and risk management through contract (exclusion clauses, penalty clauses etc).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Scott Styles

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

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

  • One of LS1011 Legal System and Method (Passed) or LS1021 Legal System (Passed) or LS1025 Legal System (Passed)
  • LS1520 Contract (Passed)
  • LS2525 Commercial Organisations and Insolvency (Passed)
  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims

1. To explore and critically evaluate the key principles of the contract law of Scotland and England;
2. Through the seminar, to develop legal research, reasoning, analysis and legal argument skills, and also oral, written and team working skill, and the opportunity to respond constructively to feedback.
3. To provide students with the above knowledge and skills, to enable them to progress in their studies with greater understanding and confidence.

Main Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

By the end of the course students will understand and have critically evaluated the concepts and principles from their study of Contract Law.

Subject-Specific Skills and Concepts

This course considers, at an advanced level, a number of themes introduced in the Level 1 course on Contract (LS 1520). The course approaches a selection of current problems in contract law doctrine from the theoretical, comparative and sometimes philosophical perspective. Topics addressed in this course are likely to include the following: the philosophical basis of contract law, purpose of contract law, formation of contract, contractual remedies, factors vitiating consent, exclusion clauses and contractual interpretation.

Key Skills (Transferable)

1. Communicate orally and in writing;
2. Ability to work effectively in small groups to contribute to the group’s task;
3. Ability to work independently, to organise and manage time, stress and effort in performance of tasks;
4. Problem solving skills;
5. Critical analysis;
6. Logical argument;
7. An ability to synthesise and organise complex materials and arguments;
8. With limited guidance act independently, and where appropriate as part of team, in planning and undertaking tasks;
9. Conduct formal and informal oral presentations;
10. Make appropriate use of technology in research, writing and oral presentations;
11. Reflect on own learning and to seek and make use of feedback.

Content

This course will critically evaluate at an advanced level, a number of themes introduced in the Level 1 course on Contract (LS 1520). The course approaches a selection of current problems in contract law doctrine from the theoretical, comparative and sometimes philosophical perspective. Topics addressed in this course are likely to include the following: the philosophical basis of contract law, purpose of contract law, formation of contract, contractual remedies, factors vitiating consent, exclusion clauses and contractual interpretation.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour closed book exam (100%).

Resit: Normally, no resit is available.

Formative Assessment

Class essay of around 2,000 words.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided on the feedback form within three weeks from the date of submission.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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