Undergraduate Course: Contract (LAWS10078)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This is an advanced course on contract law, grounded in the law of Scotland, but setting Scots law within its comparative and international context. There will be frequent reference to English law, the law of other legal systems, and to model law instruments. The subject matter will include both the theory and practice of the law of contract, and will include reference to other branches of the law of obligations. Consideration will be given to such topics as: contract theory; promise; constitution and breach of contract; public policy and contracts; and the future of contract law.
The course will consider the theory and function of the law of contract with reference to the associated concepts of unilateral promise and unjust enrichment. Consideration will be given to such topics as constitution and breach of contract; public policy and contracts; and the future of contract law.
The course will be taught by means of one two-hour seminar each week.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 38,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay (33%), exam (67%)
||There is one piece of formative assessment which takes place during semester one. The assessment is purely formative, in other words, although students will receive feedback and may receive a mark, this mark will not form part of the final mark for the course. It is designed to give students a chance to practice answering a formal written question, and to provide an opportunity to receive feedback on this work.
Students will also receive individual feedback on the summative essay (worth 33%) which is submitted at the start of semester 2.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the Scots law of contract in its doctrinal, comparative and social context.
- Demonstrate an ability to articulate that knowledge and understanding in speech and writing.
- Have the capacity to carry out research in the source materials for modern contract law.
|You may wish to refer to one or all of the following works when beginning your thinking on specific issues of contract law:|
MacQueen & Thomson, Contract Law in Scotland (3rd edn, 2012) Butterworths
Hogg, Obligations (2nd edn, 2006) Avizandum
Black, Woolman on Contract (5th edn, 2014) W. Green
A more detailed work is: W W McBryde, The Law of Contract in Scotland (3rd edn, 2007)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||On completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a good critical knowledge and understanding of the Scots law of contract in its doctrinal, comparative and social context.
- Articulate that knowledge and understanding in speech and writing.
- Carry out research in the source materials for modern contract law.
|Keywords||Contract,Scots Law,Contract Theory,Promise
|Course organiser||Prof Hector MacQueen
Tel: (0131 6)50 2060
|Course secretary||Ms Olivia Hayes
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588