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LS1520: CONTRACT (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

Contract is one of the central subjects of private law and is one of the main branches of the law of obligations, the other being Delict and Unjustified Enrichment. 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mr Scott C. Styles

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

  • One of Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • One of LS1022 Foundations of Private Law (Studied) or () or Bachelor of Laws (Accelerated)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Contracts are legally enforceable agreements. Parties are free to agree to perform any lawful purpose but having made an agreement they are legally obliged to perform as agreed. 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 and the Law of England. Scots and English Contract Law are similar but not identical, in particular Scot Law does not require consideration for the formation of a valid contract. The course will include a consideration of such topic as how contracts are formed by offer and acceptance, the incorporation of legal terms, the circumstances in which apparent contracts are rendered legally and void, the legal regulation of unfair terms, express and implied contract terms, the interpretation of contractual contracts, frustration of contract, 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 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay, 750 words (25%)

48 hour written exam (75%)



Resit failed element in same format

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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