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Unit information: Law of Contract in 2021/22

Unit name Law of Contract
Unit code LAWDM0061
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Bell
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit covers the formation of contracts, their contents, vitiating factors, discharge, and remedies. Topics covered include: Agreement (offer and acceptance); Consideration and promissory estoppel; Intention to create legal relations; Terms; Qualifications on liability; Illegitimate pressure; Misrepresentation; Mistake; Frustration; Performance and breach; Remedies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, a successful student will be able:

  • to research and explain the origin, development and content of the principles and rules of the law of Contract;
  • to identify issues of the law of Contract arising in different factual situations;
  • to analyse the leading cases and statutory provisions; to understand how to deal with case law; and to recognise difficulties in identifying, reconciling and applying relevant source material;
  • to present complex legal arguments in a coherent and persuasive fashion and to identify and reconcile inconsistencies in competing arguments;
  • to apply knowledge of the law in resolution of issues identified;
  • to criticise the relevant legal rules and to consider possible solutions for the successful reform and application of the law. Students should be able to state the law accurately, to apply legal principles to problem case scenarios, and to think critically about ways in which the law could be reformed.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Information

2 x summative assessments: 1x coursework and 1 x Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. LAWDM0061).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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