LLB Law with Politics

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Obligations I & 2

Course unit fact file
Unit code LAWS10640
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Law
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit aims to:

  1. Introduce students to the core principles of contract law, notably formation of contracts, contractual terms, and some of the vitiating factors under which a contract may be set aside
  2. Introduce students to the law of negligence and one other substantive area of tort law
  3. Introduce students to the remedies available in both contract and tort law, and the key similarities and differences between them
  4. Introduce students, where appropriate, to the role of law in protecting weaker, more vulnerable parties
  5. Introduce the skill of client interviewing and advising
  6. Develop an understanding of commercial awareness and contemporary issues arising within the law of obligations


Brief overview of the syllabus/topics.


  • Introduction to Law of Obligations (including difference and similarities between contract law and torts law and their theoretical underpinnings)
  • Core general principles of Contract Law (including formation and breach of contracts)
  • Core general principles of Law of Torts (including negligence)
  • Remedies


Additional content:

  1. Commercial awareness and Legal Tech

Teaching and learning methods

This course unit uses the standard approach of a combination of lectures and 2-hour workshops as the scheduled teaching and learning activities.

Lectures will be used to introduce students to core concepts and principles, and will provide students with an insight into academic perspectives on key issues in the law of obligations. Lectures will also direct students to key legal skills, especially in the context of applying the law to problem scenarios. They will encourage students to relate legal concepts to real life situations. A range of interactive thinking points will be integrated into lecture sessions. For some topics, Study Plans will be used to enhance learning on specific issues relevant to the workshops. Lectures will also be used to introduce important aspects of commercial awareness and social responsibility.


Workshops will provide students with practice in applying legal principles to various hypothetical scenarios, and will provide an important forum for students to think broadly and critically about leading cases in obligations law. A wide variety of practical skills will be developed during workshop arguments including problem-solving, legal argumentation and critical analysis. The first part of the workshop will build upon material covered in the lectures and will explore general questions and small problem scenarios. The second part will use an interactive learning approach to explore larger problem questions. Students will work in small and larger groups to develop their learning, share ideas and ultimately will work collaboratively to provide legal advice. Some workshops will use simulated learning by way of client interviewing exercises to develop the application of knowledge and advice.  Students will be provided with feedback on their ability to craft coherent, logical and defensible analyses of the law to particular situations.


This course unit has a Blackboard page which will be used to deliver the range of course materials and information about teaching, learning and assessment for that course unit.

Students will be provided with a range of materials to encourage independent learning and promote a more active approach towards understanding the law and its wider social application. These materials will build upon the knowledge gained in lectures and workshops. Guided, wider reading will be provided for all topics. For some topics, study plans will bring focus to a specific area of law. Blackboard will be used to host a range of online learning tools including MCQs, Padlet Boards and podcasts. These materials will bridge learning between lectures, workshops and assessment preparation.

Knowledge and understanding

  1. Introduce the theoretical underpinnings of contract law and tort law
  2. Explain the key differences (and similarities) between contract and tort law
  3. Understand and apply the core principles of contract law, focusing on the rules of formation, contractual terms and one vitiating factor which will allow a contract to be set aside
  4. Understand and apply the core principles of the law of negligence and one other action in torts
  5. Explain the primary remedies available under contract and tort law

Intellectual skills

  1. Understand the importance of statutes, case law and legal texts within the context of contract law and tort law
  2. Use statutes, case law, and legal texts (where appropriate) to explain the legal principles
  3. Argue logically and persuasively when applying the legal principles to a range of problem-based scenarios
  4. Construct, substantiate and deliver persuasive, lawyerly arguments

Practical skills

  1. Advise on the best practical options available in the applied context of hypothetical scenarios
  2. Develop academic study skills
  3. Further develop the skills needed to work effectively in a group
  4. Become familiar with using various digital platforms and legal databases (e.g. Westlaw, Lexis).

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  1. Present a coherent and persuasive argument using appropriate sources
  2. Demonstrate academic legal skills relating to analysis and argumentation that may usefully be applied in practice, or further study.
  3. Have experience of working in a team and individually to creatively solve legal problems.
  4. Have practiced oral argumentation.
  5. Make use of improved IT skills, e.g. specialist database searching


This unit is one of the Foundations of Legal Knowledge subjects required for students wishing to satisfy the Academic Stage of Training for the Bar Standards Board.

Assessment methods

Individual poster presentation 30%

Exam 70%

Feedback methods

Individual and cohort feedback on summative assessments.

Formative exam and group poster presentation.

Additional feedback on workshop tasks and in office hours.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 46
Independent study hours
Independent study 254

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Siobhan Smith Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Open to: LLB Law with Criminology and LLB Law with Politics

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