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Unit information: Law of Contract in 2020/21

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Unit name Law of Contract
Unit code LAWD10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Arzandeh
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

Contract law is a component of the modern law of obligations. Fundamentally, contract law is concerned with legally enforceable agreements. It determines how contracts are made; what legal consequences they have; and how they come to an end. Topics covered on this course include: agreement, consideration, promissory estoppel, misrepresentation, mistake, unfair terms, and frustration.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate a detailed and accurate understanding of the rules of contract law;
  • Apply the rules of contract law to complex and potentially uncertain situations;
  • Understand, analyse and synthesise contract law cases;
  • Evaluate and critique the rules of contract law;
  • Present well-reasoned legal arguments clearly and persuasively.

Teaching Information

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

Assessment Information

1 x summative assessment: Timed Open Book Assessment with a specified word count (100%)

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

Reading and References

  • Janet O’Sullivan & Jonathan Hilliard, The Law of Contract (8th ed, 2018);
  • Andrew Burrows, A Casebook on Contract (6th ed, 2018);
  • Robert Merkin and Séverine Saintier, Poole’s Textbook on Contract Law (14th ed, 2019);
  • Mindy Chen-Wishart, Contract Law (6th ed, 2018);
  • Ewan McKendrick, Contract Law: Text, Cases and Materials (8th ed, 2018);
  • Jack Beatson et al, Anson’s Law of Contract (30th ed, 2016);
  • Neil Andrews, Contract Law (2nd ed, 2015);
  • Roger Brownsword, Smith & Thomas: A Casebook on Contract (13th ed, 2015);
  • Edwin Peel, Treitel on the Law of Contract (14th ed, 2015).