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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title The Law of Contract
Module Code LG316
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Cormac Kilkenny
Semester 2: Cormac Kilkenny
Autumn: Cormac Kilkenny
Module TeachersRonan Condon
Cormac Kilkenny
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course involves a detailed consideration of the role and substantive content of contract law in Ireland. Both common law principles and legislative intervention in contracts will be considered in detail.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the role which the law of contract plays in the legal regulation of private and commercial transactions
2. Identify the key rules and principles of the law of contract
3. Apply the rules and principles of the law of contract to common commercial and private problems
4. Critique the role which contract plays in the regulation of business affairs
5. Locate, classify and summarise relevant legal materials regarding contract law

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to contract, contract distinguished from other branches of the law, contractual freedom

Offer, acceptance, intention to create legal relations, consideration, promissory estoppel

The Statute of Frauds (Ireland) Act 1695

Express terms, mere representations, terms implied by the parties, terms implied by the law, customary terms, classification of terms, control and construction of exemption clauses.

Consumer Protection and Implied Terms
Sale of Goods Act 1890; Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980; EC (Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts) Regulations 1995; Consumer Protection Act 2007

Vitating and Voiding factors
Mistake, misrepresentation, undue influence, unconscionalbe bargain, illegality

Discharge by performance, discharge by breach, discharge by operation of law

Damages for breach of contract, damages for emotional distress, remoteness of damage, the duty to mitigate

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • R Clark: 2008, Contract Law in Ireland, 6th edn, Roundhall, Dublin,
  • E Peel: 2008, Treitel: Law of Contract, 12th edn, Sweet and Maxwell, London,
  • M Enright: 2007, Principles of the Law of Contract, Clarus Press, Dublin,
  • PA McDermott: 2001, Contract Law, Tottel, Dublin,
Other Resources

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BAJLIBachelor of Arts (BAJLI)
BAJLNBachelor of Arts (BAJLN) - Intra Law
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
BAJPIBachelor of Arts (BAJPI)
BAJPNBachelor of Arts (BAJPN) - Intra P
BCLBachelor of Civil Law (Law & Society)
EPLBA in Economics, Politics and Law
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
Date of Last Revision24-JAN-12

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