edX Online Course: Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract

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Contracts are a part of our everyday life, arising in collaboration, trust, promise and credit. How are contracts formed? What makes a contract enforceable? What happens when one party breaks a promise?

Learn about contracts from Harvard Law Professor Charles Fried, one of the world’s leading authorities on contract law. Contracts are promises that the law will enforce. But when will the law refuse to honor a promise? What happens when one party does not hold to their part of the deal?

This contract law course, with new materials and updated case examples, is designed to introduce the range of issues that arise when entering and enforcing contracts. It will provide an introduction to what a contract is and also analyze the purpose and significance of contracts. Then, it will discuss the intent to create legal relations, legality and morality, and the distinction between gifts and bargains.

The course also investigates common pitfalls: one-sided promises, mistake, fraud, and frustration. With the knowledge of what makes contracts and how they can go wrong, Professor Fried will discuss remedies and specific performance. Finally, Professor Fried will introduce how contracts can create rights for third parties.

What you’ll learn

  • A theoretical background of contracts, trust, and promise
  • Contracts the government will stand behind and those it won’t
  • Illusory promises, offer and acceptance
  • The limitations of contract law
  • Writing and Interpretation of contracts
  • Key concepts including mistake, fraud, and frustration; remedies and specific performance; and third parties

Enroll for free Here

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