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Unit information: Foundations of Business Law in 2015/16

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Unit name Foundations of Business Law
Unit code LAWD10007
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Ken Oliphant
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is offered by the School of Law primarily for the benefit of Economics and Accountancy students. This unit deals with some basic aspects of English law as it relates to business. The elements studied are: sources of English law, including a brief introduction to law of the EU; the tort of negligence; brief introduction to employment law; and an overview of both contract law and company law.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • critically analyse legal issues involving contract
  • critically analyse legal issues involving tort
  • critically analyse legal issues involving employment law
  • critically analyse legal issues involving company law.

Teaching Information

20 lectures and 10 tutorials

Assessment Information

Formative assessment: one mid-sessional examination in January plus one other piece of formative work.

The (formative) mid-sessional exam is mandatory; the other formative assessment is optional.

Summative assessment: One 3-hour closed book examination in May/June, in which students answer 4 questions.

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

Reading and References

Lee Roach, Card & James’ Business Law (3rd ed., Oxford University Press, 2014)