Module Title:Farm Business and Agri Food Law
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Independent learning – reading materials (conventional and e-learning); Class discussion/debate; and Project work/problem solving.
Module Aim: The aim of the module is to give learners an introduction to the operation of the Irish Legal System in a farming context, explore aspects of Business Law, Probate Law, Succession Law, Land Law and Regulatory Issues, and extract the provisions of Irish and International Law which impact upon Farmers.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Critically evaluate the key principles of the law relevant to farm businesses.
LO2 Analyse problems and propose solutions by applying the law to specific situations.
LO3 Effectively communicate the legal principles relevant to farm businesses both orally and in writing.
LO4 Demonstrate knowledge of legislation at primary producer level
LO5 Examine the legislative structures that apply to the agri-food industry
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Irish Legal System and Legal Principles
Difference between criminal law and civil law; sources of law relevant to farming (Constitution/legislation/EU/international law); Principles of contract law.
Introduction to Land Law
Land Lease, Occupier’s Liability and Adverse Possession.
Structuring Your Farm Business
Sole Trader, Registered Farm Partnership, Succession Farm Partnership, Limited Liability Company, Collaborative Farming, and the legal concepts of separate legal personality and limited liability.
Introduction to Succession and Probate
Formal requirements of a valid will, rules governing intestacy, legal avenues to challenge a will, and enduring powers of attorney; Rules relating to CAT, Stamp Duty and Capital Gains Tax, and the reliefs available in respect thereof in a farming context.
Employment Law
Legal Obligations of Farmers who are Employers.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Law Project (as prescribed) 1,2,3 50.00 n/a
Examination In-class examination assessing students knowledge of Learning Outcomes 4 and 5 4,5 20.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Terminal Exam 4,5 30.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 6.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 11.87
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SWOAG_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Organic Agriculture 7 Mandatory
CW_SWSFM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Farm Management and Agribusiness 7 Mandatory