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Law of Contract

Module code: LLBP 1003

Module description

This module is compulsory in year one for the purposes of securing a qualifying law degree. It is an interesting and relevant subject because we enter contracts on a regular basis. The most common example is a sales contract from buying goods on-line; in a shop or from a vending machine. Other common contracts are those for services like trains, taxis and even the use of car parks. Beyond the consumer perspective there are common commercial contracts.

This module focuses on the foundations of contract law. It starts with theories and concepts of contract law before turning to the formation of contracts which covers offer and acceptance; consideration and intention. The module then addresses contractual terms where the focus is on express statements and terms implied by the courts (implied terms from legislation like the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Consumer Rights 2015 are covered in Commercial Law and Private Consumer Law respectively). Other topics include how the fairness of terms is tested using legislation, some of which is based on giving effect to EU law. The issue of bringing a contract to an end is about breach, damages, misrepresentation, duress and undue influence and frustration.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 44 hours
  • Tutorials: 22 hours

Assessments

  • Phase test: 40%
  • Unseen exam: 60%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

 
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