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Contract Law (Senior Status)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenors: Victoria Ridler, Guido Comparato
  • Assessment: an in-class group presentation (5%), 1500-word problem question (30%) and take-home examination (65%)

Module description

This module will introduce you to the fundamentals and key issues of contract law in the English legal system. In exploring the development of contract law, largely (but not exclusively) through case law, the module will also explore and critically reflect upon legal reasoning and the rich and complex nature of the common law tradition.

You will also be introduced to the general scope and nature of contractual obligations, the principles of liability and the scope and availability of remedies.

Indicative module content

  • Formation of contracts
  • Contractual terms
  • Interpretation of contracts

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • comprehend and critically reflect on cases, statutes and academic work
  • understand key aspects of contract law and the significance of major debates and research about the subject
  • demonstrate research, writing and reasoning skills central to completing a critical essay or problem question
  • appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of law.