Consumer Law - LW580

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.


LW315/325 Introduction to Obligations.


Not available to non Law students.



The module addresses the regulation of consumer markets. This module is aimed at students who wish to have an understanding of substantive law, policies and institutional framework concerning the regulation of consumer markets.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Lectures - 20 hours approximately. Seminars - 20 hours approximately.

Method of assessment

30% coursework (consisting of 1 essay) and 70% written examination.

Indicative reading

Cranston’s Consumers and the Law (3rd. ed. Scott & Black) Chapter 1.
I Ramsay Advertising Culture and the Law (Sweet & Maxwell, 1996)
M Hilton Consumerism in 20th Century Britain (Cambridge, 2003)
I Ramsay Consumer Law and Policy: Text and Materials on Regulating Consumer Markets (2nd ed. Hart 2007, Chapter 1)
A Offer The Challenges of Affluence (Oxford, 2006) Chapters 1 (Introduction), 3, 4, 6, 7, 12

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant common law, statutory and non-statutory sources in the area of consumer law and to research and apply that knowledge to concrete fact situations.
Demonstrate an understanding of the standard policy arguments and frameworks of consumer law, and to apply and critique them in concrete policy problems.
Appreciate the role of consumer law and policy within the "new regulatory state" in the UK.
Demonstrate an awareness of the different forms of legal regulation of consumer market transactions (e.g. private law, administrative regulation, "soft law", harnessing market incentives), and their strengths and weaknesses.
Assess claims about the progressive potential of consumer law and its relationship to broader social policies such as addressing social exclusion.
Appreciate the scope of EU consumer law and policy and its effects on UK law.

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