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Module Title
Law of Obligations and Evidence

Sources of law; UK courts; Law of contract; tort/delict; legal skills and processes

SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedSeptember 2004
ApprovedJune 2014
AmendedMarch 2014
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

This course will introduce students to the study of law and the law of obligations. It will introduce discipline specific legal skills and methods, an exploration of the UK’s divergent legal systems (English & Scots) and enable students to develop an analytical and critical approach to the application of the law of obligations in English and Scots law.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding and use of legal skills of legal research, legal argument and presentation.

2. Critically discuss the UK’s legal systems within the wider EU & ECHR jurisdictions.

3. Critically analyse the legal principles relating to the law of obligations: including a comprehension of the similarity and differences between Scots and English law.
4. Undertake an analytical and critical approach to the application of the law of obligations and the law of evidence and to develop a basic understanding of how to use legal processes.

5. Critically discuss the laws of evidence relating to breaches in the law of obligations and how this evidence can be applied in a variety of dispute resolution contexts.

Indicative Module Content

Legal skills & methods (including legal research, argument and citation); The UK’s legal systems (common law and mixed); EU & ECHR; Sources of law; The UK courts and jurisdictions; Nature of contract; Offer and acceptance; Consideration; Error and restitution; Illegal contracts; Unfair contract terms; Interpretation; Third party rights; Remedies; Extinction of obligations; Reparation: Intentional delicts & Torts; Negligence: Duty of care; Breach of duty; Causation; Remoteness; Damages; Economic loss; Professional negligence; Vicarious liability; Property torts.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeBlended Learning

Directed Study

Directed Study/Coursework Preparation

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Lectures, seminars, assigned reading, case studies, group activities, directed reading/research; short answer assessment; multiple choice quizzes and a coursework assignment.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5
Component 2 1,2,3,4,5
Component 3 1,3,4

Componenet 3: Coursework assessment in the form of a legal case study problem worth 40% of the overall total

Component 2: Short paragraph assessment carried out on a timed basis worth 45% of the overall module mark

Component 1: Three separate multiple choice assessments each worth 5% of the overall mark (Total 15% of the module mark)

Indicative Bibliography

1.BLACK, G., 2014. Woolman on contract. 5th ed. Edinburgh: W. Green 2014.
2.GILIKER, P. and BECKWITH, S., 2014. Tort. 5th ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell
3.KIDNER, R., 2012. Casebook on torts 12th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
4.MCKENDRICK, E., 2014. Contract law: text, cases and materials. 6th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
5.POOLE, J., 2014. Casebook on contract law. 12th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
6.SLAPPER, G. and Kelly, D., 2013. The English legal system, 2014-2015. 15th ed. London: Routledge. ebook
7.WHITE, R.M., WILLOCK, I.D. and MACQUEEN, H.L., 2013. The Scottish legal system. 4th ed. London:Bloomsbury Professional

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