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MN30062: International business law

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 60%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 40% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Examination (EX 60% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN10078 OR take MN10442 OR take MN20609
Learning Outcomes: Students will understand the different regimes which are relevant to making agreements in an international context and the problems which can arise, and how to deal with them. Common contracts terms and business relationships will be examined and applied so that students can understand the factors which can facilitate or hinder international contracts.

Aims: To put international trade contracts and other relationships in their legal framework, in terms of the businesses and the implications of their contracts between the parties and with regard to wider considerations.

Skills: Students will be able to understand the terms used in international business and the implications of those terms and their enforceability. They will be aware of some of the major areas where problems arise and how these can be avoided or resolved. They work from a case study which includes references to common terms, which they learn to interpret in the context of a set of problems. The interpretation culminates in the coursework presentation which involves students drawing together the taught material in a practical application. Preparation for the presentation is facilitated by discussions throughout the course.

Content: The course considers the regimes which are applicable to foreign trade, including choice of a national law, international regimes of law (such as EU law, and international treaties in areas such as carriage) and international commercial institutions (such as the ICC). The types of business which operate in international trade are examined, including commercial agency. Issues particularly applicable to international trade are key areas on the course, such as international carriage of goods, international banking and payment protection, such as documentary credits, protection of intellectual property, competition laws, dispute resolution and enforcement.

Programme availability:

MN30062 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc(Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 4)
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 4)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)


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