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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Pre-requisites

Must have completed or be currently enrolled in LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing AND LAW00111 - Legal Process

Anti-requisites

LAW00503 Contract Law AND not available for students admitted to the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.

Unit aim

Examines the principles of contract law and how they regulate ‘private’ obligations entered into between individuals, and/or individual legal entities. Introduces some theoretical influences that shaped development of common law contract principles. Discusses legal principles related to formation of a contract, formalities and the meaning given to the terms of the contract.

Unit content

Topic 1: The Nature of Contract Law
Topic 2: Agreement
Topic 3: Consideration
Topic 4: Intention to Create a Binding Legal Contract
Topic 5: Certainty
Topic 6: Formalities
Topic 7: Capacity
Topic 8: Detrimental Reliance and Unjust Enrichment
Topic 9: Express Terms
Topic 10: Construing Express Terms
Topic 11: Parties to a Contract – Privity

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify the legal and policy issues in complex contractual cases and hypothetical situations. Intellectual rigour
2 apply relevant legal principles to the resolution of these issues. Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
3 critically analyse aspects of contract law from a number of theoretical perspectives. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 develop skills in the reading of statutes and cases. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
5 write in clear and logical language. Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the legal and policy issues in complex contractual cases and hypothetical situations.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. apply relevant legal principles to the resolution of these issues.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. critically analyse aspects of contract law from a number of theoretical perspectives.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. develop skills in the reading of statutes and cases.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. write in clear and logical language.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Paterson, J, Robertson, A & Duke, A, 2012, Contract: Cases and Materials, 12th edn, Thomson Reuters, Sydney.
  • Paterson, J, Robertson, A & Duke, A, 2012, Principles of Contract Law, 4th edn, Thomson Reuters, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.