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Learning Sales provides comprehensive treatment of UCC Article 2, employing strategies designed to help students both learn the course material and develop the skill of reading and understanding statutes. The book also includes coverage of salient aspects of Article 2A and the CISG, for those who wish to include those topics, either as separate units or in comparative fashion. The book is divided into eight Chapters, each focused on an aspect of sales law addressed in Article 2 (e.g., contract formation, warranties, and remedies). The Chapters are further divided into 24 Assignments, each focused on an identified set of sections from Article 2 (or 2A or the CISG).

The second edition continues with the structure and teaching methods of the first edition, taking full advantage of active learning techniques:

  • Consistent with the rest of the Learning series, the book draws upon current learning theory and practice by articulating “Key Concepts” for each Chapter and identifying “Learning Outcomes and Objectives” for each Assignment.
  • “Reading the Code” questions for each set of statutory provisions guide students to learn the UCC by actively reading and analyzing the language of Article 2 themselves, rather than relying more passively on what others (judges and commentators) have said about the Code.
  • “Examples and Analysis” entries for each set of Code provisions provide case summaries showing how courts apply those portions of the Code. In the second edition, the Analysis entries include expanded explanations of the cases, to introduce students to more nuances of the Code.
  • Judicial opinions appear only where they are important for conveying analytic approaches. They are accompanied by questions about the case, to help students be more focused in their reading and class preparation.
  • “Applying the Code” problems appear at the end of each section or Assignment, allowing students to assess and integrate their understanding of the preceding material.
  • Students enjoy the book’s focus on problem-solving and can see their skills of reading and interpreting the Code improve as they engage with the examples and problems.

The authors are experienced teachers of Sales and Contracts who developed and refined the materials to reflect their own active engagement of students. The comprehensive Teachers’ Manual includes answers to all questions and problems posed in the book and includes additional guidance to help instructors use the book most effectively. Building on recent experiences gained from online teaching, the authors will also provide access to online materials they have used in their teaching, which may be adapted by anyone using the book. These include electronic versions of some book problems (suitable for downloading onto a Canvas site or accessible through West Academic), prompts for student discussion boards, and videos explaining certain concepts and cases that can be assigned to save classroom time for interactive learning.


Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Learning Series
Publication Date: 06/15/2022

Carol L. Chomsky, University of Minnesota Law School

Christina L. Kunz, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Jennifer S. Martin, St. Thomas University College of Law

Elizabeth R. Schiltz, University of St. Thomas-MN School of Law

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  • Added many new Examples and Analysis entries, based on new cases, including over 20 new examples of cases illustrating implied warranties
  • Edited Examples and Explanations so that they provide descriptions of the “takeaways” from the Examples rather than asking students questions about those takeaways, allowing students to learn from the Examples and be prepared to apply the Examples to the Problems.
  • Rearranged and restructured coverage for multiple topics:
    • Moved parol evidence rule coverage from Chapter 3 (on contract formation) to Chapter 4 (previously focused exclusively on the statute of frauds) and refocused the Chapter to be “Enforcing the Contract”
    • Eliminated four Assignments (electronic contracting, terms in the box, shipping & documents of title, title disputes under § 2-403) and integrated those topics into other Assignments, for more effective coverage
    • Reorganized the former Assignment on identification, tender, and the passing of risk of loss and title, creating two new Assignments that organize the treatment of those topics according to the method of shipping used and incorporate material on the use of documents of title
  • Added new flowcharts on § 2-207, warehouse tender, carrier tender, remote sellers’ representations, and vertical & horizontal privity
  • Streamlined the Assignments on UCC Article 2A and the CISG to have the text explain the differences from Article 2, so that students can proceed more directly to solving Problems, rather than first searching for the correct analog section and determining for themselves the differences. The changes make the material more manageable and focused for students.
  • Made thousands of editorial changes to clarify and expand analysis

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