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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2139: Comparative Contract Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • The extent to which we have a "European" contract law
  • Introduction to comparative study of law and legal institutions
  • Differing notions of contractual liability and its differentiation
  • from tort (delict) and restitution and then a selection from the
  • following topics:
  • Formation of contract and pre-contractual liability
  • Interpretation and unexpressed obligations
  • Incorrect information and its effect on the contract (mistake,
  • misrepresentation, warranty of quality)
  • Impropriety in the contracting process (fraud, duress,
  • advantage-taking)
  • Problems of unfair terms, especially in consumer contracts
  • Impossibility and change of circumstances
  • Remedies for non-performance
  • Third party beneficiaries
  • Illegal contracts and contracts contrary to public policy

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1111 x 1 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2010 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study25Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided independent study45Seminar Preparation
Guided independent study9Formative Assessment preparation
Guided Independent Study 40Summative assessment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).