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LAWS3130 Industrial Law

Module Overview

The purpose of the module is to provide a general overview of law relevant to students working in industry. The course provides an introduction to the English Legal System, before focusing in more depth on the areas of Contract Law and Tort Law. There is then an introduction to more advanced topics of Contract and Tort Law, including Sale of Goods, Agency, Employment Law, Negligence, Product Liability and Defective Premises.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the Industrial Law course are: - To broaden academic horizons. - To provide a general introduction of some of the main principles of law arising in industry. - To demonstrate how doctrines of substantive law may affect professional engineering activities. - To develop basic legal skills to consider relevant legal materials including case law and statutes. - To identify issues and extract legal principles from case law. - To apply principles with appropriate legal authorities to practical fact scenarios (case studies). The objectives for the Industrial Law course are: - To provide an introduction to the English Legal System. - To develop an understanding of Contract and Tort Law, including as a basis for more advanced topics relevant to working in industry. - Advanced Contract Law topics to include the passing of property and risk in Sale of Goods Agreements, Agency and Employment Law. - Advanced topics of tort liability to include the Tort of Negligence in relation to business and professional services; Product Liability and Defective Premises.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Law and the English Legal System a. The Nature of the English Legal System b. The Court System c. Alternative Dispute Resolution d. Sources of Law
  • The main rules and principles that govern Contract Law a. Negotiation of contractual agreements – Offer and Acceptance; b. Formation of legally enforceable contract agreements - Intention, Capacity, Consideration & Privity; c. The terms of a Contract; d. Vitiating Factors – Frustration, Misrepresentation, Mistake; e. Discharge of Contract - Performance, Discharge and Breach of Contract f. Contractual Remedies
  • The legal concept of agency a. Types of Agency Agreement b. The legal right and duties of the principle, agent and third party.
  • The legal rules relating to Sale of Goods and Supply of Services, including the passing of property and risk in sale of goods contracts and transfer of title by non-owners.
  • Introduction to the main rules and principles that govern Tort Law a. The Tort of Negligence; b. Product Liability, c. Defective Premises;
  • Introduction to the main rules and principles that govern Employment Law a. The Contract of Employment and its Termination; b. Discrimination, and Health and Safety.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Locate sources of legal information relevant to working in industry
  • Demonstrate skills of legal research and analysis
  • Identify relevant legal issues from the surrounding contextual facts
  • Consider how industrial policies and values interact with the discipline of law
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand how the law of contract may affect industry
  • Understand how the law of tort may affect industry
  • Understand the overlap between contract and tort law
  • Consider relevant legal materials including case law and statutes
  • Identify legal issues and extract legal principles from cases
  • Apply principles with appropriate legal authorities to practical case studies
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply all of the skills outlined above in your work environment

Syllabus

Part One - Introduction to English Legal Systems - The Nature of the English Legal System - The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution - Sources of Law Part Two - The Law of Contract - The Nature of Agreement – Offer and Acceptance - Intention, Capacity, Consideration & Privity - The terms of a Contract - Vitiating Factors - Discharge of Contract and contractual Remedies - The Law of Agency - The Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Part Three – Tort Law - The Tort of Negligence - Product Liability, Defective Premises, Interference with land and Defences Part Four – Employment Law - The Contract of Employment and its Termination - Discrimination and Health and Safety

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: - Lectures 10 x 2 hours (20 hours) - Tutorials 10 x 1 hour (10 hours) Learning activities include: - Advanced reading of course materials in preparation for both lectures and tutorials. Lectures - PowerPoint Slides – paper copies handed out to be annotated in lectures. Tutorials - Preparation in advance of each tutorial - Locating primary resources as requested in the Tutorial Hand-Out (provided at the beginning of course). - Reading the chapters assigned in a relevant commercial/business law text book (details provided and books discussed at the beginning of course) - Prepare answers for the: Assignment questions Group exercises Research exercises - outlined in the Tutorial Hand-out. Revision - Module Outline available on blackboard throughout the course - PPT/Handout available on Blackboard after each lecture - On-line resource available with course text books.

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions90
Lecture20
Tutorial10
Revision30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Nicholas Ryder, Margaret Griffiths, Lachmi Singh (2012). Commercial law: principles and policy. 

Blackboard Laws3130.

James Marson & Katy Ferris (2015). Business Law. 

Soton Law Sources.

Soton Law Sources.

Lucy Jones (2015). Introduction to business law. 

Assessment

Formative

Set exercises - non-exam

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 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:

Books and Stationery equipment

Lucy Jones. Introduction to business law 3rd edition Oxford University Press 2015

James Marson & Katy Ferris Business Law 4th edition Oxford University Press 2015

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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