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LS4069: HONOURS CONTRACT LAW (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:45


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Scott C. Styles

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

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?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x 1500 words essay (25% each)

1x 2500-3000 words essay (50%)

Resit is the same

 

Alternative Resit Arrangements

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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