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LAWS2034 Introduction to Commercial and Maritime Law

Module Overview

This module introduces the concepts, main principles and (legal) relationships between parties in maritime and commercial transactions. It introduces the actions that might arise between these parties, the consequences and limits of those actions. The relevance of property and security are examined, as are the effects and consequences of market fluctuations. Legislation relevant to commercial and maritime is introduced, including interpretation of legislation giving effect to international conventions, and the codification of commercial law around the turn of the twentieth century.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

By the end of the module you should be familiar with the main principles governing the imposition of civil liability, covered within the syllabus. You should be able to: - understand the concepts, main principles and relationships between parties in maritime and commercial transactions; - understand property and security in commercial transactions; - understand the legal consequences of market fluctuations; - handle the legal sources; - understand the arguments advanced in the cases; - understand the arguments advanced in the secondary sources, such as books and articles. You will also have acquired skills in communicating in writing.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • understand the concepts, main principles and legal relationships between parties in maritime and commercial transactions, covered within the syllabus.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • understand the concepts, main principles and legal relationships between parties in maritime and commercial transactions, covered within the syllabus.
  • understand property and security in commercial transactions.
  • understand the legal consequences of market fluctuations.
  • analyse relevant legal materials.
  • apply the legal principles, with appropriate legal authorities, in the solution of complex problems.
  • display clarity and objectivity in oral discussion, demonstrating an awareness of issue of academic integrity.
  • display clarity and objectivity in oral argument, demonstrating an awareness of issue of academic integrity.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • distinguish relevant from irrelevant materials.
  • identify and analyse key issues.
  • think critically, develop coherent arguments in writing.
  • manage your time effectively.

Syllabus

An introduction to maritime and commercial law, including: - parties to maritime and commercial transactions and the (legal) relationships between them; - nature of contractual and tortious liabilities that may arise (including conversion), their main features and limits (including protection of expectations, and the position of third parties); - features of property, including its effect on third parties, and its role in bankruptcy; property as security; - commercial and fiduciary relationships, and their differences; - main principles and relevance of bailment; - international conventions and their interpretation; - codification of commercial law.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching for this module is by lectures and tutorials. Lectures will introduce the main principles and structure of the subject. You are expected to provide the main input to the tutorials, where the main issues are discussed. The most important part of learning is your own independent study. This will, however, be closely guided, and firmly tied into the lectures, tutorials and assessment. Most of the discussion will revolve around the main legal decisions, and the arguments that have been advanced, and accepted or rejected in the cases. E-learning E-learning facilities are provided through Blackboard. Lectures will be recorded in case any part of a lecture is missed, and for revision. Computer-based quizzes will be used alongside the lectures and tutorials to help provide a direction for your study. Reading Recommended reading will be provided for each tutorial.

TypeHours
Seminar5
Lecture20
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Revision25
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

‘Blackboard’ learning platform. There is no set book. The Blackboard site will contain all the introductory material necessary, references to further sources, and links to further e-resources. All cases and statutes are available using the legal databases.

Assessment

Formative

Mock Examination

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  (4500 words) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  (4500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  (4500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Textbooks

All recommended sources are available to students free of charge, either on the Internet, or on Blackboard, or on the legal databases.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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