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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with an overview of the key elements of the Australian system of law and government and seeks to empower them to participate confidently in the commercial world, both by the assertion of their rights and through the recognition and fulfillment of their responsibilities. Students develop an understanding of the processes by which both statute law and judge-made law are formulated and interpreted, and how both can evolve over time. The unit covers, in an introductory way, the basic principles of the legal system, contract, tort law in a commercial context and consumer law. It also introduces students to the fundamental doctrines and principles which underpin the law of agency, partnership and company law.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of the Australian system of law, the sources of Australian law, the various forms of legal reasoning and their proper uses in the creation and elaboration and application of law; (2) interpret statutes and apply judge-made law; (3) explain the basic legal principles concerning their rights and obligations as both a citizen and a consumer; (4) read and interpret relevant primary legal materials; (5) conduct basic legal research and use of appropriate legal databases and software; (6) apply legal reasoning and analysis and the application of relevant principles of law to the facts of prescribed case studies and hypothetical problem questions so as to reach valid conclusions as to the legal rights and obligations of all parties involved; and (7) communicate both orally and in writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial attendance and participation; (2) assignments; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sagi Peari
Unit rules
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week
Students who have taken LAWS1104 Introduction to Law will not be permitted to take this unit.

Turner, C., Trone J. and Gamble R., Principles of Australian Commercial Law (1st edn) 2017

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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.