Consumer Contract Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
18 June 2020


Requisites for this module
LW101 and LW108



Key module for


Module description

This module provides a broad outline of the principal areas of UK law that apply to the media and examines them in turn against broader principles and standards set by the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). The content of this module is supplemented by a comparative cross-border analysis, with an emphasis on new technologies like the Internet and social media. Throughout the module, policy developments affecting media law and regulation are evaluated in terms of their social and cultural context. No prior knowledge of media law is necessary. Broad brush explanations will provide the legal framework against which comparisons will be drawn.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce students to the legal framework for globalised communication via mass media and provide them with an insight into the major questions that journalists, authors, publishers and legal practitioners face in a contemporary multi-mediated landscape.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the nature and purpose of relevant legal principles and the ways in which they shape professional practice at a national, regional and international level;
2. show critical awareness of controversiallegal and ethical issues at the forefront of a fast-changing communications sector;
3. demonstrate familiarity with relevant domestic and international sources of media law and the ability to critically apply them both verbally (in seminars) and in writing;
4. clearly communicate media law-related concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences and show independent learning, team work and project management skills.

Module information

1. Introduction: consumer contract law, consumer law, commercial and general contract law
2. Terms as to description, quality and fitness in goods and digital contents contracts
3. Remedies for breach of the above (goods/digital contents) terms: rejection, termination, repair, replacement, price reduction
4. Terms as to time, price and quality in services contracts
5. Remedies for the above (services) terms
6. Introduction to consumer private law rights against unfair commercial practices
7. Pre-existing contract law rules against unfair commercial practices prior to the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014/8708.
Substantive Rights and Remedies in the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014/8709.
Limitations of the private law rights provisions in the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014/870

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taught through a mixture of weekly live webinars, pre-recorded videos, and tutorials. Each week, the module teaching team will first produce and make availableon Moodletwo 25-minute pre-recorded video lectures. The module teaching team will then deliver a weekly live 50-minute webinarin which they further explore key legal conceptsand answer your questions about the topics. These lecturesand webinarswill subsequently be available onlinethrough Moodleso that you can re-watch themas part of your independent study. Alongside this, there will be five bi-weekly 50-minute small group tutorials. The module teaching team will also produce and make available on Moodle short guidance notes. These notes will introduce the material to be covered in the lectures, webinars and required readings. The notes will also contain tips designed both to help you navigate the material to be covered in the lectures and webinars and to equip you to analyse the required readings. You will be expected to have completed the required readings in advance of your tutorials. Your tutorials will enable you to discuss the material covered in lectures, webinars and the required readings, obtain feedback on your pre-class preparation and deepen your understanding of key concepts.To help you prepare in the best possible way for your tutorials, you will be completing regular Multiple-Choice Quizzes on Moodle. The quizzes will be based on the reading set for that week so that the quiz forms part of your preparation for each tutorial. The quizzes will enable you to track your progress, understand what you are doing well, and give you clear feedback to help you manage your studies and your progress.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Summative Essay    80% 
Practical   Multiple Choice Quizzes    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Onyeka Osuji, email: o.k.osuji@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Chris Willett, Dr Onyeka Osuji
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Karen Mc Cullagh
University of East Anglia
Lecturer in Law
Available via Moodle
Of 32 hours, 20 (62.5%) hours available to students:
12 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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