LAWS1104 Introduction to Law

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyExternal
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 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 1 elective
Topics covered include the Australian legal system; statutory interpretation; the law of torts and professional liability; the law of contracts (elements of a valid contract, vitiating factors, construction of contracts, breach of contract and remedies); and consumer protection law, product liability and sales law.
Students are able to (1) describe the key elements of the Australian legal system; (2) display a working knowledge of important business law principles; (3) demonstrate logical reasoning, analysis and communication skills; (4) apply this knowledge and these skills in analysing and solving legal case studies and hypothetical business problem questions; (5) obtain basic skills in reading and analysing legal texts, journal articles and government reports; (6) understand and use Australian and other common law primary legal resources—law reports, statutes (including electronic versions); (7) demonstrate legal method and legal writing; and (8) demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) quizzes; 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)
Dr Sagi Peari and Dr Renae Barker
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

Concise Australian Commercial Law, Clive Turner, Roger Gamble, John Trone,Thomson Reuters, 5th edition 2019

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.