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Studying Contract Law at the University of Exeter gave me a unique insight into development of contract law. The course provided me with a deeper level of understanding of the content, while still being taught at an appropriate level for those who did not have a prior understanding of the law. Being able to study with such experiences Professors made learning the content, simple, interesting and enjoyable.

Laura, Griffith University, Australia

Contract Law

Contract Law

Which promises are legally binding, and which are not? What happens if you break a promise? In what circumstances can you escape from your promise? These are the fundamental questions of contract law.

Contract law is important because of the extent to which it governs our lives: when we are shopping in the supermarket, or renting a house, or employed at work, or booking a holiday - most of our transactions, whether routine or exceptional, are contractual. This module will provide an introduction to the major principles of English contract law.

The module is divided into two halves. The first half is about making and breaking a contract. Here we look at the ingredients necessary to create a binding contract: offer, acceptance, certainty of terms, intention to be bound, and consideration. We also discuss the terms of the contract, and how to control unfair terms, and what remedies are available for breach of contract. The second half is concerned with the vitiating factors, that is, those circumstances which allow one of the parties to escape their contractual obligations: misrepresentation, mistake, frustration, duress, undue influence, unconscionable bargain, and illegality. We also consider restitution, that is, what happens after a contract is set aside.

Module at a Glance

Module Title Contract Law
Module Code ISS1101
Module Convenor Dr Nathan Tamblyn
Credit Value 7.5 ECTS
Scheduled Teaching 48 Hours of lectures, seminars and activities with at least 10 hours being live engagement
Guided Independent Study

Pre-Reading prior to start of course

Preparatory readings for lectures and seminars

Formative Assessment

Forensic and Academic Debates and Interrogatories - 3 x 2 hour workshops - oral feedback

Essay - 750 words - Oral and written feedback

Summative Assessment Take Home Assessment - 2250 words - 100% of credit - written feedback
Sample Reading Contract Law: McKendrick (London:Palgrave, 12th edn, 2017)
Sample Sessions

Terms of Contracts

Duress, Undue and Unconsciounable Bargains