LWMTGCD-Oil and Gas Contract Law (DL)

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Registered for a postgraduate programme in Law or other selected PGT programmes, or with permission of the Director of PGT Studies in Law
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Jorge Guira

Email: j.m.guira@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module will deal with the fundamental elements and peculiar legal character of oil and gas contracts. Students will be introduced to the form and substantive content of these contracts, including the contractual rights and obligations of oil companies and governments as well as liability for breach of contract

The module is designed to provide:
-an understanding of the specific issues that relate to contracts in the oil and gas industry
-a critical appreciation of the balance between the contractual negotiation power of private companies and of governments in the oil and gas sector
-an understanding of the liabilities that private companies and governments face in the presence of contractual relationship in the oil and gas industry

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate:
- An understanding of the structure and purpose of a range of commercial oil and gas agreements
- A critical appreciation of the process of creation of the agreements and differences caused by the relative size of the parties
- Familiarity with the standard forms and master drafting styles for the agreements
- A critical awareness of the linkage between the agreements - the flow of risk and reward

Additional outcomes:
The module will encourage the development of:
- High-level oral communication skills through reflective, analytical class-discussion;
- High-level writing skills through close and critical analysis of both primary and secondary source material;
- An ability to apply theoretical and contextual knowledge to practical problems that face people working in the field.

Outline content:
The module consists of the following main themes:
- contracts in the oil and gas industry
- drafting a contract in the oil and gas industry
- rights and obligations arising from these contracts
- liability for non-fulfilment of the contract

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a mixture of audio-recorded lectures and on-line tutorials.
The on-line tutorials re-create a seminar environment in a virtual space. The tutor and the students communicate in real time via audio or written messages in the chat box. Discussions will be based on tutor-provided material in order to deepen student learning and encourage engagement with the study material.

Students will also be given the opportunity to submit a formative assessment which will be marked and returned with feedback. The mark will not count towards the module total, but the feedback is intended to provide both students and tutor with the opportunity to see how they are progressing and how they can improve, if necessary.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Tutorials 8
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
1 x 15 page essay (formatted in accordance with the School of Law’s Assessed Work Rules)

Formative assessment methods:
One formative assessment task which is an important component of students’ progress towards the learning outcomes of the module.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
See School of Law PGT Programme Handbook.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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