Contract Law and Consumer Protection - CB5014

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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5 15 (7.5)







The law affects the commercial world in many ways. This module focuses on the importance of law in governing transactions between individuals and businesses; what is required for legally compliant contracts; what the law expects of organisations in terms of protecting the consumer, and how businesses manage and avoid disputes. By enabling students to become familiar with those parts of the law they are most likely to encounter in their careers and in business the module helps them better understand the obligations that parties have to each other in law.

Topic areas are:

• The English Legal System
• The Legal Process and Dispute Resolution
• Law of Contract – including:

• Formation
• Contract terms
• Vitiating elements, including misrepresentation and economic duress
• Performance and discharge of contract, including frustration
• Breach of contract
• Common law and equitable remedies, including damages
• Consumer Protection


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 35
Private study hours: 115
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Problem Question- Essay (2,500 words) (40%)
Examination, 2 Hour (60%)

Reassessment method:
Like for Like

Indicative reading

Core textbook:
MacIntyre, E. (2018) Business Law. 9th edn. London: Pearson

Recommended reading:
Adams, A. (2018) Law for Business Students. 10th edn. London: Pearson
Poole, J. (2016) Textbook on Contract Law. 13th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the English Legal System and its various sources of law.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the routes to dispute resolution in the English Legal System, including the court system and alternative dispute resolution methods.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of contract law in facilitating and regulating the formation of business transactions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of consumer protection legislation in the UK.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Synthesise information and apply concepts to business situations, paying attention to detail.
- Apply problem-solving skills to analyse and resolve issues that arise in the course of carrying out business.
- Develop an ability to structure, formulate, communicate and defend arguments effectively both orally and in writing.
- Undertake personal responsibility and self-discipline in studying independently.

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