CONTRACT LAW I - 2020/1
Module code: LAW1027
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The module considers the role of contract law in providing a basis for commercial and individual transactions. The creation, nature and contents of a legally enforceable agreement and the issues and controversies, which arise in this regard, will be explored and discussed. The course will focus on the nature of a contract in English Law and the roles of common law, equity and statute.
School of Law
STARZA-ALLEN Antony (Schl of Law)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: M222
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- The nature of contract law
- Offer and acceptance
- Intention to create legal relations
- Promissory estoppel
- The classification of terms and representations
- Incorporation of terms into contracts, including terms implied at common law and by statutes
- Exemption/exclusion clauses at common law, and under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 and the Consumer Rights Act 2015
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||1 HOUR MCQ||20|
|Examination||2 HOUR EXAM||80|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Identification of Issues
students should demonstrate the ability to identify the legal issues raised by the questions
Analysis of the law and application
students should demonstrate the ability to analyse the relevant law, recognising gaps and inconsistencies, and should be able to apply that law to the issues raised by the questions
Evaluation and synthesis
the law should be subjected to critical analysis and, where appropriate, its wider context should be considered.
students should demonstrate the ability to draw appropriate conclusions, based upon their analysis of the issues raised by the questions.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
1 x 2 hour exam, worth 80% of the module mark.
1 x 1 hour MCQ assessment, worth 20% of the module mark.
The assessments address the learning outcomes listed above.
Students will undertake 1 x formative assignment.
The assessment method for each module has been selected to test a variety of key skills, competences and outcomes as required by QAA. As such, assessment method cannot be changed. Reasonable adjustment may be made on application subject to ALS approval AND only where such adjustment still allows for the required skills, key competences and outcomes to be assessed at an equivalent level.
- This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the English law of contract up to the point where a contract is formed and performed. Contract law will be considered in its wider context and students will be introduced to some of the philosophical and ethical concepts which have influenced the development of contract law. Students will address such questions as:What is a legally enforceable agreement?What is the nature of a binding promise?What terms can be included in a contract and how are terms incorporated?
|1||Understand the court hierarchy and the doctrine of precedent and how it operates in English law||K|
|2||Demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature and operation of the English law of contract in context||KC|
|3||Identify the meanings of offer, acceptance, consideration and intention to create legal relationships||KC|
|4||Demonstrate a basic understanding of how the interpretation of contractual terms affects the enforcement of the agreement||KC|
|5||Analyse the impact of consumer protection law, particularly in relation to exclusion and limitation provisions||K|
|6||Apply acquired knowledge to solve problems and answer essay questions||CPT|
|7||Evaluate the fundamental principles of contract law||KC|
|8||Undertake directed legal research to locate relevant materials||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 123
Lecture Hours: 15
Seminar Hours: 12
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy follows an enquiry-based learning approach.
Lectures will introduce the topics, give a general overview of the principles of each topic, give guidance on how to analyse the law and research those topics and in some instances give specific examples of the law and its effect.
The lectures will not give a full description of, or appreciation of, the law. In order to learn in greater depth and breadth, such as to satisfy the learning outcomes, students will answer questions of some complexity in the 2-hour seminars, either resolving legal problems or performing a critical analysis of the law. Typically the seminar groups will each contain 16 students, who will work in small groups to research the law and present answers, demonstrating self-direction and originality, of both approach and resolution. Students should be prepared to field questions during their presentations, either from their tutor or from fellow students, and to follow up the presentations with group discussion and feedback. Presentations may be required in any form, including advocacy for a specific party in a problem question or argument for or against a specific proposition.
For efficiency and ease of understanding, teaching of critical legal skills may be blended with the substantive subject-specific lectures.
The learning and teaching methods would typically comprise:
- A 1 hour session introducing the enquiry-based learning method used in this module and how it should be approached in the context of contract law
- 11 x 1 hour substantive subject-specific lectures
- 1 hour feedback session on the formative assessment
- 2 x 1 hour revision lectures
- 6 x 2 hour seminars, as described above
Note: as this module is assessed by examination, the formative assessment will also be by examination, which may be held in place of one of the substantive subject-specific lectures.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for CONTRACT LAW I : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/law1027
Programmes this module appears in
|Law with Criminology LLB (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Law LLB (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Law with International Relations LLB (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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