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LAW1030 Contract Law

30 creditsClass Size: 400

Module manager: Professor Roger Halson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW1075Intro to Law of Obligations
LUBS2810Business & the Legal Environ.
LUBS3915Employment Law

This module is not approved as a discovery module


By the end of this module, students are expected to be able to demonstrate, with appropriate reference to case-law and statute, a basic understanding of the general principles governing the formation, modification, performance, discharge and enforcement of contracts under English law.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
- recognise, identify, state and discuss legal concepts, values, principles and rules of the law relating to the general principles;
- apply appropriate terminology and legal reasoning to produce a coherent legal account of how these principles apply in given fact situations;
- identify, distinguish and evaluating relevant authorities and arguments;
- explain and assess recent developments and current controversies in English contract law.


Formation of the contract: the process of offer and acceptance; unilateral mistake; the intention to create legal relations
The basis of enforcement of contracts: consideration, promissory estoppel; economic duress
The contents of the contract: express and implied terms
The position of third parties
Vitiating factors: misrepresentation; common mistake
Discharge of the contract: frustration; breach
Remedies: damages; exclusion clauses; specific enforcement.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours242.50
Total Contact hours57.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 70.00
Online MCQ1 hr 30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/11/2019


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