Introduction to Obligations - LW315

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) DR A McKenna


Co-requisite - This module is to be taken with LW316/LW5316 Foundations of Property and is a pre-requisite for LW650 The Law of Contract and LW651 The Law of Tort. Only available to students following a Law programme of study (either single or joint honours).





This module introduces the law of obligations, which comprises the private law of duties and rights to which individuals and organisations are subject. Traditionally, it includes the law of contract and tort (but not property). As well as introducing some of the content (which is covered more extensively in LW650 and LW651), a key focus is on the institution of the common law through which most of the law of obligations has emerged. This aspect is especially explored through the case classes, which run alongside the lectures and seminars.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

30 hours.

Method of assessment

100% coursework consisting of a case note and a problem question

Indicative reading

J N Adams & R Brownsword Understanding Contract Law (Sweet & Maxwell 5th ed, 2007)
A Weir An Introduction to Tort Law (2nd ed Oxford University Press, 2006)
C Harlowe Understanding Tort Law (Sweet and Maxwell 3rd ed, 2005)
J Conaghan and W Mansell The Wrongs of Tort (Pluto 2nd ed, 1999)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of private law, its main subdivisions and its development.
2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the main types of legal obligation.
3. Demonstrate an outline knowledge of the principles of the law of contract and tort.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive nature of case law and of the common law in particular.
5. Identify the contractual and tortious legal issues raised in simple problem situations.
6. Use case-law to predict the legal outcome of problem situations in at least one area of contract law and one area of tort.

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