Module manual


Private Law


Basic knowledge of the state organization and economic constitution of Germany

Teaching methods Lecture
Learning target / Competences

Students learn the principles of the legal system in the Federal Republic of Germany and become familiar with the basic concepts and principles of private law, in particular contract law and the property system. They become capable of independently assessing simple legal problems in business practice and gain an understanding of legal methods. They recognize the correlations with special subjects of private law.

Duration 1 Semester
Hours per week 4.0
Classes 60 h
Individual / Group work: 90 h
Workload 150 h
ECTS 5.0
Requirements for awarding credit points

Written exam (K90)

Responsible person

Prof. Dr. iur. Jörg-Andreas Weber

Recommended semester 1. Semester
Frequency Every sem.

Bachelor’s degree programs:
Betriebswirtschaft/Logistik und Handel
Medientechnik/Wirtschaft plus
Wirtschaftsinformatik plus


Private Law

Type Lecture
Nr. W0103
Hours per week 4.0

The lecture provides an introduction to the legal working method and of solving cases. It covers the most important contents of the General Part of the German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, BGB), Law of Obligations, and Property Law.

  • Introduction to legal terminology and methodology, legal work techniques and scientific methods.
  • Basic structures of the legal system: classification of the legal framework, law enforcement
  • Basic concepts of private law
  • Formation of contracts, defective contracts, representation, content of contracts
  • Law of general terms and conditions
  • Conclusion of contracts and consumer protection on the internet
  • Performance defects and warranty, compensation for damages
  • Unlawful acts: basic offenses
  • Special law of obligations: basic types of contracts
  • Property law: ownership, security rights, real estate property law

Required legal text: BGB
Accompanying literature:
Eisenhardt, Einführung in das Bürgerliche Recht, 7. ed., Heidelberg 2018 Beck Online, (free internal access for university members)
Additional literature:
Klunzinger, Einführung in das Bürgerliche Recht: Grundkurs für Studierende der Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften, 17. ed., Munich 2019 (739 S.)
Müssig, Wirtschaftsprivatrecht, 22. ed., Munich 2021 (538 S.)
Neuner, Allgemeiner Teil des Bürgerlichen Rechts, 12. ed., Munich 2020 (748 S.)
Canaris/Grigoleit, Lehrbuch des Schuldrechts Bd I: AT, 15. ed., Munich 2016 (690 S.)