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Undergraduate Course: Contract (LAWS10078)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08094) OR Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Spaces on this course are allocated as part of the Law Honours Course Allocation process. Places are generally only available to students who must take Law courses. To request a space on this course, please email
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.

**Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.**
Priority will be given to students studying on exchange within the Law department, and it is highly unlikely that there will be additional spaces for general exchange students & independent study abroad students to enrol; we will look into this on a case-by-case basis in September/January. Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space.

These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Students must have passed Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127) or an equivalent course at their home institution.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 38, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 351 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Essay 33%, exam 67%
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay (33%), exam (67%)
Feedback 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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the Scots law of contract in its doctrinal, comparative and social context.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to articulate that knowledge and understanding in speech and writing.
  3. Have the capacity to carry out research in the source materials for modern contract law.
Reading List
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)
Additional Information
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.
KeywordsContract,Scots Law,Contract Theory,Promise
Course organiserProf Laura MacGregor
Tel: (0131 6)50 2034
Course secretaryMiss Robyn Blyth
Tel: (01316) 514550
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