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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

Co-requisites

LAW00111 - Legal Process

Anti-requisites

LAW00503 Contract Law

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.