LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Business Law major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit follows on from LAWS1104 Introduction to Law and is for students who are planning a career in accountancy, business management, marketing, banking, finance, public service or in related professional and business endeavours. The unit begins with a look at fiduciary relationships and the law of agency. It then reviews alternative legal structures used for the operation of businesses. Finally, students are introduced to certain aspects of business finance and bankruptcy law.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a basic understanding of principles of law applicable to 'outside the norm' transactions where special duties may be owed, as well as basic concepts of property law, and business and personal finance; (2) within those areas, analyse the factual matrix of a dispute and state the legal issues that arise; (3) cite the legal principles that are needed to resolve the legal issues as well as the statutory and case authorities that are the source of those principles; and (4) apply the facts to the principles and reach a reasoned conclusion as to the outcome of the dispute.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial attendance and participation; (2) mid-semester test; 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 bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall 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)
Associate Professor David Hodgkinson
Unit rules
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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