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German Business Law I

Module WI000027

This Module is offered by Associate Professorship of Law of Digital Goods, Commerce and Competition (Prof. Mackenrodt).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2016/7

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2018WS 2016/7SS 2012WS 2011/2

Basic Information

WI000027 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 60 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module provides an introduction to basic concepts of German Civil Law.
It is separated into a lecture and a tutorial (case studies).
Topics covered are:
- legal capacity, capacity to contract, protection of minors
- declaration of intent, contract, representation, appearance of a legal position
- Law of obligations - general rules: creation, content and termination of obligations, General Terms and Conditions, consumer protection in specific marketing channels (distance selling, door-to-door sale)
- Law of obligations - special rules: agreement categories, act of sale/contract for services, defaults (breach of duty), cancellation, abatement, compensation, purchase of consumer goods
- Unjust enrichment
- Law of torts
- Property law

Learning Outcome

At the end of this subject students will be able
(1.) to understand the basic principles of German civil law,
(2.) to grasp the legal framework of business activity, in particular regarding liability under tort and contract,
(3.) to analyse legal implications of typical business situations and to identify their options,
(4.) to present the results of their analysis in a written memorandum.



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

This module comprises the lecture "German Business Law I" and the tutorial "Case Studies in Business Law I".
The lecture will cover the theoretical aspects of the module in a discussion with the lecturer. The tutorial will focus on case studies. It will provide the opportunity to work individually or in groups on case scenarios (known and unknown), covering issues of contract, tort and property law. The purpose is to repeat and to intensify the content discussed in the lecture and to review and evaluate legal issues from different areas of law in everyday situations. Students will develop the ability to present these findings in a concise and well-structured written analysis.

This module is also offered at TUM Campus Straubing.


Presentations (PPT), Case studies (including model answers)


Legislative Text: Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, Zivilprozessordnung
Literature: Ann/Hauck/Obergfell, Wirtschaftsprivatrecht kompakt

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In the final assessment students will need to demonstrate to what extent they have met the Learning Objectives. This assessment will be held as a written exam of 120 minutes. The exam consists of two parts which count for approximately 50 per cent each.
In the first part, students will be asked theoretical questions. This will demonstrate to what extent they have memorised and understood principles of the law of contracts (formation, discharge, and liability), tort law and property law.
Students will also be asked to apply their knowledge to known and fictional cases. This second part demonstrates if students have developed the required legal analytical skills. Students also need to demonstrate their ability to their knowledge to fact settings not discussed in the lecture, and to evaluate the legal consequences.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Campus Munich: German Business Law I
Bachelor (exam in German)
Bachelor (exam in German) Please contact the chair to find out in which room you will be taking the exam.
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