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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Provides students with an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of the operation of Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – The Australian Consumer Law – and the economic theory underlying the Act. Topics will include misleading and deceptive conduct; unconscionable conduct; unfair contracts; false and misleading representations and unfair practices; liability of retailers and manufacturers; consumer guarantees; and remedies and enforcement. The unit will also consider the policy debates and recent reforms that feature in this area of the law.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to consumer law

Topic 2 Misleading and deceptive conduct

Topic 3 Unconscionable conduct and unfair contracts

Topic 4 False and misleading representations and unfair practices

Topic 5 Liability of retailers and manufacturers and consumer guarantees

Topic 6 Remedies and enforcement

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Critically analyse the economic theory and policy objectives underpinning the Australian Consumer Law and assess the efficacy of the legislation in achieving these objectives.
2 Apply advanced theoretical and technical consumer law knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced consumer law problems
3 Identify and interpret the penalties and remedies available under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).
4 Assess the appropriateness and implications of the investigation and enforcement powers of the ACCC.

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

  1. Critically analyse the economic theory and policy objectives underpinning the Australian Consumer Law and assess the efficacy of the legislation in achieving these objectives.
    • GA1:
  2. Apply advanced theoretical and technical consumer law knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced consumer law problems
    • GA5:
  3. Identify and interpret the penalties and remedies available under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).
    • GA4:
  4. Assess the appropriateness and implications of the investigation and enforcement powers of the ACCC.
    • GA3:

Prescribed texts

  • Coorey, A, 2015, Australian Consumer Law, LexisNexis Butterworths. ISBN: 9780409339031.
  • Steinwall, R, 2016, Annotated Competition and Consumer Legislation, LexisNexis Butterworths. ISBN: 9780409343441.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.