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Introduction to Law

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

The students
• Are familiar with the general civil and private law aspects of entrepreneurial activity.
• Understand basic legal principles, which are frequently conveyed through concrete examples of problem cases in legal practice.
• Are able to classify the legal problems regularly occurring in business practice in general private and civil law.
• Understand the legal organization of companies, the contract law of merchants and the alternatives under company law, in particular when setting up a company.
• Are able to classify the areas of law presented and master their basic contents.

prerequisites and co-requisites


course contents

• Distinction between private law and public law
• Title and mode doctrine
• Fundamentals of property law (incl. ownership, possession & ownership)
• The natural person (legal capacity and capacity to act)
• The legal person
• Personality rights
• The legal transaction & the conclusion of the contract
• General contract law
• Representation & power of attorney
• Legal forms of companies (partnerships, corporations, mixed forms)
• Fundamentals of consumer protection law
• Fundamentals of insolvency law
• Basic data protection regulation

recommended or required reading

Bydlinski, P. (2017). Grundzüge des Privatrechts: Für Ausbildung und Praxis. Wien: Manz Verlag.
Felten, E., Kofler, G., Mayrhofer, M., Perner, S., & Tumpel, M. (2019). Digitale Transformation im Wirtschafts- und Steuerrecht. Wien: Linde Verlag.
Gurmann, S. (2018). Grundzüge des Gesellschafts- und Insolvenzrechts. Wien: Linde.
Kunkel, C. (2017). Wirtschaftsrecht: Ausgewählte aktuelle Probleme in Entscheidungsbesprechungen. Wien: Manz Verlag.
Markl, C., & Pittl, R. (2018). Einführung in das Privat- und Wirtschaftsrecht. Wien: Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag.
Schwimann, M. (2019). Bürgerliches Recht für Anfänger. Wien: LexisNexis.
Vieweg, K., & Fischer, M. (2019). Wirtschaftsrecht: Grundlagen. Wien: Manz Verlag.
Weilinger, A. (2019). Privatrecht: Eine Einführung. Wien: Facultas.

assessment methods and criteria

final exam

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

25 % of the event is covered by eLearning. A combination between online phases (inductive method for the independent acquisition of knowledge and the practice of tasks) and presence phases (deductive method, in which assistance is given in the learning process and knowledge is imparted via frontal lectures) is used.
• Solution of case studies by means of group work

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

English version will be available soon

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable