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Contract Law

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This course examines the creation of legally binding contracts and how a contract works in practice.

Throughout the course, students will explore the elements that make up a legally valid contract; remedies available when a contractual obligation is breached, different types of misrepresentation and unfair contract terms.

Students will reflect upon how these issues effect the parties to the contract.

This course will be of interest to anyone who wants to improve their understanding about the contracts they enter into, whether that be in their personal life or in a work context.

Learning and teaching

The course is taught through a mix of lectures and small group sessions.

Coursework and assessment

On successful completion of the module a student will be able to:

  • To provide an overview of the different theories underpinning modern Contract Law.
  • Have an understanding of what is required to make a valid legal contract and what situations will afford the contract holder a right to rescind the contract.
  • To discuss contractual remedies.
  • To consider unfair contract terms and their impact on parties to the contract.

Reading suggestions

  • O’Sullivan. J, Contract Law (OUP) 10th Edition, 2022
  • J. C. Smith and J.A.C. Thomas, Casebook on Contract (Sweet and Maxwell)

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.