The Law of Contract - LW650

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 15 (7.5) DR A Zokaityte


LW315/325 Introduction to Obligations. Co-requisite with LW651 Law of Tort.


Only available to Law students. Cannot be taken if already taken LW597.



This module will offer a one-week overview of Contract law doctrine by reviewing the essentials of contract law gained by students in Introduction to Obligations and provide an overview of the lectures to follow.

Thereafter, students will spend the majority of the time on contract doctrine and problem-solving in contract law, comprised of doctrinal topics not covered in LW315 Introduction to Obligations e.g. breach of contract and remedies, contractual terms, misrepresentation, termination and frustration of contracts and policing bargaining behaviour.

The remainder of the module will focus on contract theory (e.g. freedom of contract, relational contract theory, contract and the vulnerable, contract and consumption). This section of the module will overlay the doctrine covered in the previous section with a basic theoretical framework, and ground students' understanding of critical essay writing in contract law. It will also build on discussion of the purposes of contract law in Introduction to Obligations.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Two, 1 hour lectures per week and one hour of seminars or case classes.

Method of assessment

40% coursework consisting of a legal problem question and 60% examination.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Build on Introduction to Obligations and Foundations of Property in developing an in-depth understanding of the nature of private law, its sub-divisions and development.
2. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the main types of legal obligation arising from the law of contract and of the principles and rules of this area of law.
3. Use the knowledge of the law gained, and of its contextual and socio-economic underpinnings, to engage with questions of policy, regulation and change.
4. Demonstrate well-developed case reading skills, including an ability to understand and critique the arguments made and which may drive the outcome of a case, as well as policy and other considerations that may affect outcomes of cases.
5. Use cases, including judicial quotation (including from dissenting judgments), to help support (or negate) an argument.
6. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the use of precedent while understanding the ability of judges to be creative, including an advanced ability to judge the weight of a case (or judgment) and provide critical and contextual comment.
7. Conduct research into complex legal issues to discover the relevant rules and principles, relevant cases (or statutes), secondary or extra-legal sources and to use these to construct sophisticated arguments and legal opinions while recognising areas of uncertainty or contention.

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