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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW4004H: The Law of Contract

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 3 (6 weeks over the summer period (June / July for 2017) weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Nathan Tamblyn (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module – which is a foundation module for a qualifying law degree in England and Wales - you will examine, in detail, the law of contract in England and Wales, drawing, where relevant, on materials from other jurisdictions (particularly Hong Kong). Special attention will be paid to: the characteristics of contract; the nature, purposes and approaches of contract law; the nature and requirements of contractual agreement, consideration and other requirements for the enforceability of agreements; terms and interpretation of contracts; vitiating factors; and remedies. Contract law with the laws of tort and unjust enrichment constitutes the ‘law of obligations’.  Contract law plays an important part of everyday life for individuals, businesses and even public agencies. Knowledge and understanding of contract law is imperative in a variety of practical dispute resolution and problem-solving contexts. The emphasis of the module is, therefore, on applying the rules, principles and concepts of contract law to real-life cases with practical consequences and to contextualise the law in relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural settings.

This module will be delivered on an intensive basis.  You need to complete this module before progressing to the Exeter-based part of the HKUST-Exeter programme in Engineering and Law.  

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