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Unit Overview


This unit explores the nature, function and regulation of companies in Australia, with a view to understanding and being able to apply corporations law principles arising at common law, in equity and under statute. Students engage with corporate governance principles, comparative perspectives and recent developments in the law to critically study the internal structure and governance of the company, placing emphasis on duties owed by directors to the company and rights and remedies available to members. In the context of ongoing debate concerning the role and theory of the corporation, students consider the relationship between corporations and the outside world in the form of corporate liability in contract, tort and criminal law. Through class discussion, students develop appreciation of the ethical issues confronting company directors and their advisers and hone their skills of analysing legal issues, advising as to the application of corporations law to hypothetical problem scenarios and effectively debating policy issues. Students refine their research, analytical and communication skills by preparing a research assignment based on a corporations law problem or policy scenario. They then carry out a critique of their own work to identify how they can further improve these key skills so as to become effective participants in the practice and policy development of corporations law.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply principles of corporations law to solve hypothetical legal problems and demonstrate understanding; (2) evaluate ethical issues raised by the separate legal entity and limited liability doctrines, and faced by company directors and their advisers; (3) analyse a complex corporations law problem or policy issue using advanced legal research and reasoning; (4) critique aspects of corporations law with a view to creating appropriate and justified recommendations for change; (5) create clear, concise and persuasive legal arguments using correct and plain English, both verbally and in writing; and (6) critically evaluate the quality of research, problem-solving, communication and argument substantiation skills by reviewing a submitted corporations law assignment..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research assignment (including critique); (2) tutorial participation; and (3) examination. 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)
Rebecca Faugno and Ian Murray
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering LAWS4103 Contract LAWS4106 Torts LAWS5103 Equity and Trusts LAWS4110 Legal Interpretation
Contact hours
up to 4 hours per week
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