Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM089: Consumer Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module's precise content may vary, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include all/some of the following topics, which will be covered in this order:

1)      Introduction, Consumer law as an area of shared competence;

2)      Phenomenon of Europeanised consumer protection;

3)      Goals and instruments of Consumer law;

4)      Consumer definitions in UK and EU law: the ‘pluriform’ consumer;

5)      Europeanisation: Exclusion Clauses;

6)      Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contract Regulations 1999;

7)      Realignment initiatives: domestic and EU reform

8)      Draft Common Frame of Reference, Consumer Rights Directive 2011, Common European Sales Law, UK Consumer Rights Bill 2014;

9)      Enforcement Issues: collective redress, public enforcement, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR).

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 activities3010 x 3 hour lectures.
Guided independent study150Preparation for seminars
Guided independent study120Preparation and writing of summative essay assessment

Online Resources

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

See in particular the Web pages of the EU Commission on:

Case law of the European Court of Justice available at:

Other Learning Resources

Westlaw, Lexis, Eurlex