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Postgraduate Course: Contract Law in Europe (LAWS11268)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is a comparative contract law course. Contract law is part of each country's national law. The main focus of the course is fundamental concepts of the law of contract, which arise in all systems. The course compares national systems of contract law, principally Scots, English, French and German law. The course also considers some of the harmonisation initiatives that have taken place in Europe over the last decade, principally the Draft Common Frame of Reference (Principles, Definitions and Model Rules of European Private Law).

One of the themes of the course is whether there is, indeed, a split between the common law and the civil law tradition in the field of contract law within European countries. Is there, in fact, a gulf between the two traditions? Are harmonising initiatives likely to succeed? The debate on these issues will be informed by the analysis of the national legal systems which form the focus of this course.

Course description Week 1: Introducing the concept of a contract and the harmonisation initiatives
Week 2: Good faith
Week 3: Pre-contractual liability
Week 4: Formation
Week 5: Interpretation
Week 6: Third Party Rights
Week 7: Breach and Termination
Week 8: Enforcing performance
Week 9: Damages
Week 10: So What is a Contract?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the online learning team at law.online@ed.ac.uk
Additional Costs Students should have regular and reliable access to the Internet.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% case study, 2,000 words
70% end of semester essay, 4,000 words

Requirements for all course assessments will be outlined to students within the individual courses at the start of each semester.
Feedback Students will have the opportunity to obtain formative feedback over the course of the semester. The feedback provided will assist students in their preparation for the summative assessment.

Details of the School's feedback policy will be available at the start of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the defining characteristics of contract law in particular national legal systems;
  2. Engage in informed discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of harmonisation of contract law within Europe;
  3. Understand their own systems of contract law through discussion and comparison with students from other legal systems;
  4. Identify relevant areas of law and apply legal rules to problem based questions.
Reading List
The set book for this course is H. Beale, B. Fauvarque-Cosson, J. Rutgers, D. Tallon, S. Vogenauer, Cases, Materials and Text on Contract Law (3rd edn, 2019).

A detailed list of key resources will be available at the start of the course.
Additional Information
Course URL https://edin.ac/3fU2GeA
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:

1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the course, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another's arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by online learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by online learning.
KeywordsContract Law,Comparative Law,European Private Law,Commercial Law,European Comparative Law
Contacts
Course organiserMs Luci Carey
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Email: Luci.Carey@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
Email: Clare.Polson@ed.ac.uk
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