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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2004B: Contract Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

This module examines the English law of contract and its theoretical doctrines and practical applications, drawing, where relevant, on materials from other jurisdictions. Attention will be paid to formation of contractual relations, the requirements for enforceability of contracts, the rights of third parties, terms and interpretation of contracts, performance and breach of contracts, vitiating factors and remedies. The module examines the law of contract in its social, moral and commercial setting. The module aims:


(a) to give you an understanding of the different aspects of law of contract;

(b) to encourage you to think practically in this field, and apply the legal rules and principles you have learned to specific situations, and;

(c) to enable you to identify and evaluate issues within the law of contract.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the main areas of English law of contract and be able to describe and discuss the theoretical and practical contexts in which they operate;
2. Demonstrate critical awareness of relevant issues and identify and analyse critically legal problems in the law of contract; and
3. Demonstrate awareness of pragmatic, commercial, moral, policy and/or other issues in this field.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Apply legal knowledge to a problem / case study and to discuss it;
5. Select and explain relevant information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques;
6. Analyse and apply legal data to specific facts and deduce likely outcomes where law is indeterminate.
7. Select and present in a coherent way, orally and in writing, relevant law and legal / theoretical arguments.
Personal and Key Skills8. Demonstrate effective and accurate written communication skills in a manner appropriate to the discipline / different contexts;
9. Demonstrate effective and accurate oral communication skills in a manner appropriate to the discipline / different contexts;
10. Identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of library-based and electronic resources with some guidance;