LAW07019 2016 Business and Tourism Law

General Details

Full Title
Business and Tourism Law
Transcript Title
Business and Tourism Law
N/A %
Subject Area
LAW - Law
BUS - Business
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ruth Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_BTOUR_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Tourism with Event Management SG_BTOUR_B07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Business in Tourism with Event Management

The purpose of this course is to give the student an introduction to Irish and European law. This subject aims to provide students with knowledge of the the basic principles in law and to develop their capacities to enable them to apply legal concepts and legal reasoning to a range of issues confronted in the tourism industry.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the system of administration of justice in Ireland in relation to civil and criminal law;


Apply the fundamental principles of contract, tort and consumer law in the context of the tourism industry;


Analyse the legislative protection that exists in relation to package holidays, air travel and timeshares;


Discuss the free movement of tourism workers within the European Union;


Recognise key factors which will influence decision making within a legal environment;


Demonstrate the ability to cooperate and work effectively with peers.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered by lecture and tutorial support as appropriate. The learner will be supported in developing an understanding of the theory and key principles in this area and how these apply in the commercial environment. Reference will be made to case study material to support this objective.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by Continuous Assessment (30%) during the semester and by an end of semester exam (70%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments will be developed as appropriate to assess failed elements.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

1.      Introduction to the Irish and European legal systems

  • Civil and criminal law;
  • Sources of law, the Irish Constitution, European Union law;
  • Personnel of the law and the Irish court system;
  • Court visit.

2.      The fundamental principles of contract law 

  • The essential elements of a legally binding contract;
  • The various terms of a contract;
  • Exemption clauses and contracts in restraint of trade;
  • Termination of a contract and remedies for breach of contract.

3.      The fundamental principles of tort law 

  • The basic principles of the law of negligence;
  • Negligence and Outdoor Activity Centres;
  • Occupier's liability and its role in the tourism industry.

4.      Tourism law

  • Tour Operators and Travel Agents;
  • The role played by the Commission for Aviation Regulation;
  • The various legal remedies available to passengers in respect of delayed and cancelled flights.

5.      European Union tourism law

  • The rights of entry, residence and employment to which a tourist or tourism worker is entitled to within the European Union;
  • The Package Travel Directives;
  • The Timeshare Directives.

7.      Commercial Law 

  • The main provisions of consumer law to include the Sale of Goods legislation;  
  • The fundamental principles of insurance;
  • The role of Alternative Dispute Resolutions in relation to tourism related disputes.

8.       Environmental law and tourism

  • Evaluate how European Union environmental laws impact on sustainable tourism;
  • Outline the main provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directives;
  • Outline the main provisions of the Stategic Environmental Assessment Directives;
  • Examine the legal protection afforded to Special Areas of Conservation (SAC's).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report , Project, Case study, Exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 8 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Weekly activities in class such as question and answer sessions, class discussion, case studies etc. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Class based instruction 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

"Essentials of Irish Business Law" by Aine Keenan - Gill & Macmillan.

"Principles of Irish Law" by Brian Doolan - Gill & Macmillan.

"European Community Tourism Law and Policy" by Marc McDonald et al - Blackhall Publishing 2003.

Constitution of Ireland - Government Publications Office.


Other Resources

Various legal, government and European websites.


Additional Information