Law of Contract

Module code: M3403
Level 4
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

This module explores the legal rules and principles related to the formation, enforcement and vitiation of contractual promises. In particular you will consider ideas of offer and acceptance. You will study the legal doctrine of consideration and the equitable doctrine of promissory estoppel. You will consider rights of enforceability under the doctrine of privity and then go on to consider the classification and substance of particular terms in a contract, eg implied terms or exemption clauses. The module goes on to look at factors that may vitiate or void agreement such as misrepresentation, mistake, frusration, duress and undue influence.

Module learning outcomes

  • Recognise and describe the different components of a valid and enforceable contract.
  • Explain, using appropriate legal sources how terms of a contract are classified and how terms my be excluded.
  • Identify and discuss the circumstances under which the assent to a contract may be vitiated or where obligations under a contract may be discharged.
  • Recall and apply relevant legal principles in the interpretation and solving of factual and hypothetical problem scenarios.
  • Identify and evaluate the statutory and common law rules, to include recognition of any need for reform.