2833.19 - Contract Law

Course number
Contract Law
Upper secondary education or the equivalent.
The purpose of the course is to offer the students a basic insight into to general Contract Law. The course is a basic precondition for other courses on business and property law, taught later on the education.
Contract Law as a legal discipline is about how individial persons and companies can choose to bind themselves to obligations like paying money or delivering goods and services. Contract Law presupposes the autonomy of persons to contract or not. But Contract Law also has a public aspect to it, as courts and executive authorities can force a person, trying to withdraw without legitimate reasons, to comply with a valid contract. The course covers i.a. these specific areas of Contract Law: - On the formation of binding contracts (i.e. rules on offer acceptance etc.). - The interpretation and construction of contracts. - On conditions that render contracts invalid. - On agency and proxy powers. - Other intermediary persons in the formation and fulfillment of contracts.
Learning and teaching approaches
The course consists of approx. 40 hours regular class teaching. Teaching will mainly consist of presentations from teachers, student presentations, exercises and discussions.
Learning outcomes
The students shall be able to: - Know the sources of Contract Law, especially legislation and case law. - Have knowledge of the basic rules and principles of Contract Law and the purposes and values that underlie them. - Have knowledge of and ability to apply different principles of interpretation and construction of contracts. - Draft contracts and decisions with the purpose of preventing conflict or solving concrete disputes. - Make a reasoned and qualified choice between different competing solutions in a concrete case. - Present and formulate knowledge and arguments within Contract Law correctly and succinctly in eloquent and correct language.
Assessment method
Two 1 hour multiple choice exams, early and mid-semester, shall count for 1/3 of the mark. A 4 hour written exam shall count for 2/3 of the mark. It is a precondition for access to the final exam that the student has attended both multiple choice exams, and reached at least the grade 02 (E), assessed as one independent performance. The student will have access to the internet and all course materials the final exam.
Marking scale
Required reading is about 500 pages from this materials: Erik Werlauff og Palle Bo Madsen, Aftaler og mellemmænd, 7. ed., KarnovGroup, 2017. Court decisions and other materials on Contract Law, available on Moodle prior to teaching sessions.
Bárður Larsen