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Unit information: Law of Contract in 2019/20

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Unit name Law of Contract
Unit code LAWD10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. McCunn
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


Contract law is a component of the modern law of obligations. Fundamentally, contract law is concerned with the promises which people make to one another. It governs questions such as:

  • which agreements will the law enforce?
  • what obligations are imposed by the agreement in question? and
  • what remedies are imposed if the obligations that have been promised are not fulfilled?

Topics covered include: offer and acceptance; consideration and promissory estoppel; intention to create legal relations; privity; illegitimate pressure; express and implied terms, including unfair terms; misrepresentation; mistake; frustration; and remedies.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed and accurate understanding of the rules of contract law
  • Apply the rules of contract law to complex and potentially uncertain situations
  • Understand, analyse and synthesise contract law cases
  • Evaluate and critique the rules of contract law
  • Present well-reasoned legal arguments clearly and persuasively

Teaching details

The unit will be taught by a combination of 30 x 50 minute lectures and 8 x 50 minute tutorials.

2 formative assessments: 1 x 1,000 word coursework and 1 x 1 hour exam in the January Examination Period.

Formative assessments do not count towards final mark and can be optional.

Assessment Details

1 x formative assessment (submitted for marking), plus additional informal formative feedback opportunities as indicated by the unit coordinator.

Formative assessments do not count towards final mark and can be optional.

1 summative assessment: 1 x 2 hour exam in the Summer Examination Period.

Summative assessments do count towards final mark.

The assessments will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Reading and References

  • A Burrows, A Casebook on Contract Law (5th edn., Hart, 2016)
  • O’Sullivan & Hilliard, The Law of Contract (7th edn., OUP, 2016)
  • F Rose (ed), Blackstone’s Statutes on Contract, Tort and Restitution (27th edn 2016 – 17)
  • E McKendrick, Contract Law (11th edn., Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)
  • Beatson et al, Anson’s Law of Contract 30th edn., OUP, 2016)
  • Chen-Wishart, Contract Law (5th edn., Oxford, 2015)
  • Cheshire, Fifoot & Furmston, The Law of Contract (16th edn., Oxford, 2012)
  • Peel, Treitel, The Law of Contract (14th edn., Thomson, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)