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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Advanced Contract Law
Module Code LG230
School School of Law & Government

Online Module Resources

NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broader vision of the conceptual design of Contract Law. This module aims to develop students ability to critically assess the social, economic and political contexts that impact upon the development and operation of contract law.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the various theoretical approaches that are of influence in Contract Law.
2. Expound and criticise important ideas and schools of thought.
3. Critically analyse the relationship between contracts and the law.
4. Discuss general issues relating to legal theory and its impact upon contract law.
5. Evaluate problems with reference to case law, legislation and academic literature.

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

Indicative syllabus
Consideration of the philosophical, social and economic influences and perspectives as an aid to understanding the basis of contracts Theoretical approaches to contract law – economic, liberal and relational theories Contemporary critiques of contract Feminist perspectives on contract law Consumerism and its influence on contract law The evolution of the internet: the implications and impact for contract law

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Kimel. D.: 2005, From Promise to Contract -Towards a Liberal Theory of Contract, Hart Publishing, Oxford,
  • Macneil, I.R. & Campbell, D: 2001, The Relational Theory of Contract: Selected Works of Ian Macneil, Sweet & Maxwell, London,
  • Mulcahy, L. & Wheeler, S: 2005, Feminist Perspectives on Contract, Cavendish Publishing, London,
  • Mulcahy, L. & Tillotson, J.: 2004, Contract Law in Perspective., Routledge-Cavendish., London,
  • Stone, R.: 2005, The Modern Law of Contract., London, Routledge-Cavendish,
  • Atiyah, P.S., Selim, P.: 1979, The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract, Clarendon, Oxford,
  • Smith, S.: 2006, Atiyah s Introduction to the Law of Contract., Oxford, Clarendon Press,
Other Resources

762, Journal, 0, Bar Review, 763, Journal, 0, Commercial Law Practitioner, 764, Journal, 0, Law Quarterly Review, 765, Journal, 0, Law Society Gazette, 766, Journal, 0, Modern Law Review, 767, Journal, 0, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies,
Programme or List of Programmes
BCLBCL (Law and Society)