LAWS4103 Contract

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Students develop an ability to read, understand, analyse and apply the law of contract through the study of decided cases and contractual terms. As most of the applicable law studied in Contract is common law case law this material is the primary focus of the unit. Students are also introduced to legislation that impacts on contract law in Australia. The unit begins with an examination of the rules relating to the formation of contracts and concepts of offer and acceptance, consideration, intention to create legal relations, privity and contract formalities. Students then study incorporation and construction of contractual terms and implication of terms. They continue mapping the life of a contract by investigating how contracts come to an end through agreement, performance, breach and repudiation, and frustration of contract. Although contract remedies are studied in a dedicated Remedies unit, students are introduced to restitutionary claims for unjust enrichment. They study the provisions in national consumer legislation (the Australian Consumer Law) that impact on the law of contract, in particular the law of misleading or deceptive conduct. Students analyse case law, extract legal principles from judicial decisions and clearly state them, and analyse and solve hypothetical legal problems relating to the topics covered.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of Australian contract law including formation, terms and discharge of contracts: actions in debt and for breach, restitutionary claims and the impact of national consumer legislation on the common law of contract ; (2) explain the relationship between the common law of contract and equity, contract law and restitution, and common law and legislation; (3) evaluate developments in or affecting the law of contract that promote ethical practice in a commercial setting ; (4) analyse a hypothetical fact scenario and identify the relevant facts and legal issues raised and apply case law and statutory principles correctly to reach reasoned conclusions; and (5) provide an oral or written opinion on a hypothetical legal problem and/or a critical analysis of a case in a clear and concise manner and effectively communicate the opinion.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) seminar/tutorial attendance and participation; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Robyn Carroll and Assistant Professor Tracey Atkins
Unit rules
Co-requisites:
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
Contact hours
4 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Recommended
texts

Paterson, J., Robertson, A. and Duke, A. Principles of Contract Law, latest edn: Law Book Co. of Australasia 2016

Paterson, J., Robertson, A. and Duke, A. Contract Cases and Materials, latest edn: Law Book Co. of Australasia 2016
 

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