Law of Obligations

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Nick Sage and Professor Emmanuel Voyiakis


This course is compulsory for second year students on the BA in Anthropology and Law. It is not available to any other students.

Course content

Introduction to the law of contract especially contract formation. Introduction to the law of torts, with a focus on negligence.


The Contract and Tort sections of the course will be each take up a period of 10 teaching weeks, with the Contract teaching chiefly concentrated in Autumn Term and the Tort teaching concentrated in Winter Term.

The Contract section of the course will be taught through a weekly in-person lecture and one hour class.

The Tort section of the course will be taught through two hours of pre-recorded lectures per week in combination with a weekly in-person, two hour seminar.

In Spring Term there will be a two hour revision seminar covering both Contracts and Torts.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to complete two formative assignments, set and marked by their class or seminar teacher.

Indicative reading

A general reading list will be issued at the commencement of each term. Students should follow the advice of their course convenor as to the textbooks and other sources to be read.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the spring exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law School

Total students 2022/23: 224

Average class size 2022/23: 15

Capped 2022/23: No

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills