Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3150: Unjust Enrichment

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

Module Aims

This module will teach you the guiding principles and illustrative detail of the law of unjust enrichment. It will explain the practical use and attraction of unjust enrichment as a cause of action, its relationship with contract law in particular, and how it fits within the law of obligations more generally. It will be taught primarily through ‘case studies’, short factual scenarios drawn from real cases which ask you to make moral judgments drawing upon your own experience. Over a number of case studies, the underlying guiding principle in each area can then be teased out, the rule precisely identified, and the supporting case law revealed.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the guiding principles and illustrative detail of the law of unjust enrichment
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the place of unjust enrichment in the law of obligations
3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the social and moral context of the topic areas studied
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Demonstrate an ability to apply legal knowledge to a problem question creatively, and to suggest a conclusion supported by relevant arguments
5. Demonstrate an ability to select, integrate and present coherently and reflectively in writing, relevant legal and theoretical arguments
6. Demonstrate an ability to integrate and assess information from primary and secondary sources, using appropriate interpretative techniques
Personal and Key Skills7. Communicate and engage in debate effectively and accurately, in a manner appropriate to the discipline
8. Demonstrate an ability to manage relevant learning resources, and to develop your own arguments and opinions with minimum guidance
9. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task