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2014 LAW221 Contract Law A

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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SPECIAL NOTE: Compulsory Unit. (LAW221 Contract Law A and LAW222 Contract Law B are a full year program and must be taken in the same calendar year).

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Develops an understanding of the law of contract and the enforceability of contractual obligations in the contemporary contexts of Australian and international commercial relations. The unit deals with the common law and statutory principles of contract law including the elements of enforceable agreement; the functions of contract; the construction and interpretation of terms; terms implied in contracts; formalities for making contracts; factors affecting enforceability including, misrepresentation, duress, undue influence and unconscionable dealing. These principles are considered critically to enable students to recognise the values inherent in contemporary contract law, the possible directions for future development of contract law and the issues of fairness in modern contract law.
The unit also aims to develop study skills in library research and problem solving directed at improving students' capacity to synthesise complex legal arguments. Skills of decision making and the exercise of judgment will be developed in the tutorial program.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: Library Research Skills assignment and exercises (5%); Contract Interpretation Assignment (10%); 2 hour open book examination (35%). Note that the result for this unit is included in the final result for semester 2 unit LAW222 Contract Law B, making a total of 100% assessment for the whole year.

TEACHING PATTERN: 2/3 x50-min lectures weekly, 50-min tutorial fortnightly

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
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Coreq LAW222
Prereq LAW121 AND LAW122 AND Completion of first year in another degree OR Completion of a bachelor degree

STAFF: Prof D Chalmers

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