LAW-20031 - Contract Law 1
Coordinator: Eliza C Varney Room: CBC1.019 Tel: +44 1782 7 33544
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None


Barred Combinations

None



Description for 2019/20

Contract Law is a very interesting subject which affects our everyday lives. It seeks to determine what counts as a binding promise and the extent to which the expectations of the person to whom the promise was made are protected. This module provides an introduction to the Law of Contract, exploring, among other things, the key elements of contract formation (such as offer, acceptance, consideration, intention to create contract relations, certainty), vitiating factors (such as duress and undue influence), the role of fairness in Contract Law and the way in which contract theory evaluates fairness.

Aims
To provide a critical understanding of the conceptual and analytical frameworks underpinning the law of Contract.

Intended Learning Outcomes

articulate a detailed knowledge of the substantial legal principles underpinning the law of Contract; will be achieved by assessments: 1
appraise specific cases under consideration (particularly in the areas of offer and acceptance, mistake, consideration, estoppel, privity, duress and undue influence) and their relevance to the development of related principles in Contract law;
will be achieved by assessments: 1
undertake independent legal research analysing both contract law doctrines (offer and acceptance, mistake, consideration, estoppel, privity, duress and undue influence) and contract theory (particularly market individualism, consumer welfarism, formalism and realism); will be achieved by assessments: 1
analyse contract law doctrines (such as offer and acceptance, mistake, consideration, estoppel, privity, duress and undue influence) in light of contract theory (particularly market individualism, consumer welfarism, formalism and realism). will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

18 x 1 hour lectures = 18 hours
6 x 1 hour seminars = 6 hours
Seminar preparation = 30 hours
Private study = 48 hours
Essay research and writing = 48 hours
TOTAL = 150 hours

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
3,000 word essay
A 3,000 words research-based essay¿ requiring a detailed knowledge of the relevant and substantial legal principles underpinning Contract Law