Obligations 1B (FR) LAW1039

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with an overview of the law of contract and unjustified enrichment in Scots Law. It is a compulsory course for the LLB and required for those wishing to proceed to the legal profession.


Weeks 1 - 11; Lectures: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10am; Tutorials: 4 per student in weeks 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 10/11).

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to the LLB degree


Recommended Entry Requirements

Excluded Courses

Business Law

Obligations 1B (LAW1022)


Obligations 1A



Moot (pass/fail only)  


120 minute summative examination. The examination would be in two sections - Section A (Contract) and Section B (Unjustified Enrichment), with students required to answer from each section.





In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

■ To provide a firm grounding in the structure and content of the Law of Contract and the Law of Unjustified Enrichment.

■ To explain and illustrate, through a programme of lectures and tutorials, the basic principles and concepts of Scots law in these areas.

■ To examine the Law of Contract and the Law of Unjustified Enrichment in sufficient detail to meet the requirements for professional exemption.

■ To enhance students' problem-solving skills through the identification of legal issues in complex problems, the application of relevant legal rules, and achievement of resolutions to the problems set.

■ To offer guidance in the framing and presentation of written legal argument.

■ To highlight areas where the principles are subject to doubt or disagreement, and to encourage independent thought.

■ To assist students in the development of research methods and enhance their familiarity with different sources of law.

■ To encourage critical analysis, and enhance essay-writing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand the structure of the Law of Obligations.

■ Show a clear and thorough understanding of the principles and concepts of the Law of Contract and the Law of Unjustified Enrichment.

■ Understand the inter-relation between the Law of Contract and the Law of Unjustified Enrichment.

■ Define accurately and explain clearly the legal issues in complex problems, supported by the appropriate authority.

■ In areas where the principles are subject to doubt or disagreement, to undertake research to understand such arguments and make informed choices on the legal rules applicable.

■ Demonstrate an ability to plan how to resolve problems and rank competing arguments.

■ Construct and present a coherent and well-argued account of individual issues.

■ Present an oral argument on either side of a legal issue.

■ Research, extract and combine information from a variety of sources.

■ Work to deadlines and plan work accordingly.

■ Work independently.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.