Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1004: The Law of Contract

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Tim Dodsworth (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


In this module you will examine in detail the English law of contract, drawing where relevant on materials from other jurisdictions. Attention will be paid to the characteristics of contract, the nature, purposes and approaches of contract law, the nature and requirements of contractual agreement, consideration and other requirements for enforceability of contracts, terms and interpretation of contracts, vitiating factors and remedies. Traditionally, contract law alongside tort law is the ‘law of obligations’ and therefore an important part of everyday life for individuals, businesses and even public agencies. Knowledge and understanding of contract law is imperative in a variety of theoretical and practical dispute resolution and problem solving contexts. The emphasis of the module is therefore on applying the rules, principles and concepts of contract law to real-life cases with practical consequences and to contextualise the law in relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural settings. 

The module is one of the seven foundations of legal knowledge required by the JASB of the Law Society and Bar Council and it is therefore compulsory for all who wish to progress onto the Vocational Stage of Training to become a Solicitor or Barrister

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