JUR 3516 Legal Methodology and Contract Law

JUR 3516 Legal Methodology and Contract Law

Course code: 
JUR 3516
Law and Governance
Course coordinator: 
Gina Bråthen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Juridisk metode og kontraktsrett
Product category: 
Bachelor of Law and Business - Programme Courses
2023 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

Legal Methodology and Contract Law is a programme course in the Bachelor's Programme in Business Law, and is adapted to the learning outcome that is defined for this programme. The course is divided into four main topics that will give the students a useful introduction to the law discipline:

  1. Legal method
  2. EU and EEA law
  3. Contract law
  4. Law of sales
Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The students shall be familiar with legal method, shall have gained insights into the major sources of law, and have a good understanding of the structure of the Norwegian legal system. They shall be familiar with the legislative process, delegated legislation and the court system structure. On completion of the course they shall have gained an understanding of EU and EEA rules of law and their importance for Norwegian enterprises, as well as an understanding of the institutional aspects in the EU/EEA collaboration. The students shall be familiar with the rules on the conclusion of contracts, interpretation and invalidity. They shall also know the main rules for accomplishment of a sales contract as well as the regulation of breaches of such contracts.

Learning outcomes - Skills

The students shall be able to identify legal problems and be able to analyse issues associated with conclusion of contracts and the law of sales. They shall be able to account for the elements in legal argumentation in general and in particular evaluate contracts and sales disputes. The students shall be able to interpret laws and contracts based on fundamental interpretation theory. They shall also be able to place the Norwegian legal system and the Norwegian rules of law in an international context.

General Competence

The students shall have developed the ability for critical reflection through practice in the use of legal methods. They shall have a conscious attitude to those assessments on which contracts and sales standards are based, and where these are linked to corporate responsibility directly or indirectly. Students will also be able to work internationally, as well as have an understanding of legal sources with international origin.

Course content

Legal method

  • Review of sources of law
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Solving of legal disputes and variations in sources of law

EU and EEA-law

  • Main features of European Community Law and the EEA Agreement
  • The institutions in the EU and the EEA
  • The four civil liberties in EU and EEA law

Contract law

  • Mechanisms for the signing of contracts
  • Power and representation
  • Interpretation and completion of contracts
  • Nullity and modification

Law of sales

  • The obligations of seller/buyer in relation to the sales contract
  • Breach of contract due to delay
  • Assessment of defective performance
  • Seller's and buyer's entitlements in a breach of contract
  • The rules for consumer purchases
Teaching and learning activities

The course is carried out using varied learning activities, in a combination of traditional classroom teaching, various digital offers, guidance and self-study. The main emphasis of the arranged teaching is on lectures and problem solving. Various online learning activities are also offered in the form of e.g. webinars, quizzes, videos and digital discussion forums.

At the start of the course, students will receive a semester plan with an overview of all learning activities. For a good learning outcome, students are expected to participate in all activities.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Required prerequisite knowledge

JUR 3420 Business Law or JUR 3631 Marketing Law or equivalent course.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
Support materials: 
  • Digital resource: Lovdata Pro (Digital Exam Mode)
  • Book: Sejersted F., Hamre I. EU- og EØS-relevante tekster. Universitetsforl.
  • Laws and regulations, including offprints of laws and law drafts
6 Hour(s)
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Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
80 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
84 Hour(s)
Participation in group work and work on cases / assignments.
Prepare for teaching
80 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
150 Hour(s)
6 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 15 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 400 hours.