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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW1075 Introduction to the Law of Obligations

10 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Beverley Clough

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW1030Contract Law

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module comprises an introduction to the main principles of the law of obligations, the first of the 'great pillars' of English private law. Attention will be principally directed towards the law of contract and the tort of negligence. - This module is taught by lectures and seminars in semester 1. - Assessment is by two 1,500 word essays.


It is expected that students will gain an understanding of the nature of obligations, and their correlative rights, arising under English private law, together with an appreciation of the ways in, and extent to which, such obligations and rights may be enforced.


This module considers the legal implications of entering into a contract, being negligent or being subject to the negligence of others, and what happens when an individual receives an unfair benefit.

We will examine the three nominate categories of obligation, that is obligations arising from consent (ie contract), wrongs (ie tort) and unjust enrichment.

In addition to examining the nature and content of these obligations, we will consider the various remedies available on a breach of duty.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progression is monitored through their attendance and performance in seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment2 x 1,500 word assignments weighted equally in their contribution to the overall mark for the module100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)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: 01/08/2016


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