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This unit will examine and analyse selected topics in private law through the lens of an overarching private law theme. Core areas of the private law from which topics will be drawn include contract, equity and trusts, torts and equitable wrongs, legal
theory, property, remedies, unjust enrichment and cognate statutory principles and regimes.
Topics drawn from these areas will be examined by reference to overarching themes, which aim to give conceptual coherence and rigour to the unit and learning experience. The emphasis will be on providing a research-led learning
experience which integrates theoretical, doctrinal, historical and practical perspectives to enable students to develop and interrogate a holistic understanding of the private law.
The chosen themes will vary from year to year to allow teachers to explore fully and to curate investigation of contemporary
issues and developments. They are likely to include themes such as:
a) the limits and importance of autonomy in private law;
b) the attribution of responsibility and liability in private law;
c) the need for coherence in the law;
d) the boundaries of private and public law; and
e) justifying private law and the related difficulties of transitioning high-level moral principles into specific legal rules.
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Not available in 2023 UWA (Perth) Face to face
Students are able to (1) describe accurately and evaluate the nature, role and operation of identified private law topics by reference to the nominated overarching theme
; (2) critically evaluate the relationship between the identified private law topics by reference to the nominated
overarching theme; (3) integrate their knowledge of the identified common law, equitable and statutory concepts and principles
engaged by the private law topics, to identify inconsistencies and gaps in the private law's treatment of or response to the overarching theme; (4) critically identify opportunities for judicial and legislative reform of aspects of the private law, where relevant, in light of those comparisons; (5) engage in self-directed legal research to create an autonomous piece of original legal writing on a relevant topic for the unit
; and (6) communicate clearly in written form suitable for legal audiences an integrated understanding of the
complex legal principles, theories and frameworks concerning the identified private law topics and their
relationship to the overarching themes.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay and (2) take home 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)
- Nicholas Tiverios and Elise Bant
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- Seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
- 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.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
Face to face
Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Not available for self-enrolment. Students access this mode by contacting their student office through AskUWA. 100% Online Unit.
NO campus face-to-face attendance. All study and assessment requirements are online only. Unit includes some timetabled activities, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. In exceptional cases (noted in the Handbook) students may be required to participate in face-to-face laboratory classes when a return to UWA’s Crawley campus becomes possible in order to be awarded a final grade.
No attendance or regular contact is required, and all study requirements are completed either via correspondence and/or online submission.
Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.