LAWS5128 Consumer Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit is concerned with the development of consumer protection law in Australia as a discrete area of law and practice, largely as a consequence of statutory initiatives.

The unit focuses on the law of misleading or deceptive conduct, unfair practices, unconscionable conduct, unfair contract terms, consumer guarantees, the liability of manufacturers for goods with safety defects, the safety of consumer goods and product related services and consumer credit. It also covers current developments in Australian consumer law, as well as comparative perspectives.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify and understand the objectives, requirements and processes of state and federal legislative schemes for the protection of consumers in Australia; demonstrate an understanding and application of the legislation most relevant to consumer law: the Australian Consumer Law 2010 (Cth) and the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth); demonstrate an understanding of current developments in consumer law including by reference to international perspectives; learn, without the aid of lectures, a discrete area of consumer law–consumer credit, and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of it, together with an ability to apply it to real and hypothetical scenarios; (2) demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and service to the community; (3) demonstrate an ability to (a) identify, interpret and apply relevant legal principles to hypothetical factual scenarios; (b) engage in critical analysis of claims and make reasoned choices among alternatives to provide written and oral advice on a range of consumer law issues; (4) locate, analyse and evaluate material from primary and secondary sources to critically discuss existing consumer credit law as to whether it responds adequately to consumer needs; and (5) demonstrate an ability to (a) communicate a comprehension of consumer law by providing logical and coherent written and oral advice on consumer law issues; (b) work effectively in small groups to research and apply law and practice not taught in lectures.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tutorial participation; (2) assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Tracey Atkins
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law,
and
LAWS5106 Legal Theory, and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3370 Consumer Law
Contact hours
4 hours per week
Text

Corones, S.  Australian Consumer Law Commentry and Materials: Thompson Reuters 2015

Recommended
Reading

Bruce, A. Consumer Protection in Australia: Lexis Nexis 2011

Miller, R. Millers Australia Competition and Consumer Law Annotated: Thompson Reuters 2017

Pearson, G. & Batlen, R. Understanding Australian Consumer Credit Law: CCH 2011

 

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