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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2019-2020 (archived)

Module LAW52730: International Sales Law

Department: Law

LAW52730: International Sales Law

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Not available in 2019/20 Module Cap


  • None


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • to provide an advanced study of international transactions, and the rights and liabilities of the various parties involved in these transactions.


  • an examination and analysis of the Convention on International Sale of Goods with comparative references to English domestic law;
  • financing the transaction: bankers' commercial credits; conformity of documents.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • an in-depth knowledge of the law which are relevant to the international sale of goods.
  • students will develop a critical understanding of the relevant policy issues and an appreciation of the complex web of contractual relationships required in international commercial trade.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will be able:
  • to identify the key issues pertinent to international sales law.
  • employ materials from the range of sources concerning international sales law and demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the significance of the Convention on International Sale of Goods.
  • the ability to analyse, apply and critically compare laws on the international sales of goods.
Key Skills:
  • Students will be able:
  • to undertake independent research.
  • to evaulate critically the arguments of others.
  • the ability to deal with complex legal meterials and to express a position on the law on a cogent and clear fashion.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures will be used to impart the fundamentals of the subject.
  • Students are expected to engange in extensive guided reading on the subject.
  • Assessment will be by written examination; formative assessment will comprise an essay based on the style of the written examination.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 20 Weekly 1.5 hours 30
Preparation and Reading 270
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Three hour written examination. Students are permitted to take printed or written materials into the examination. 3 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

One assignment of approximately 1,500 words.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University