Contracts - Part A

Course code LAWS3004A
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


Examines the principles of contract law, including the law relating to formation, estoppel, parties, content and interpretation, excuses from performance (invalidating factors and termination) and remedies. The course considers the functions of contract law and its limitations, contract theories and the historical background to the law of contract together with the forces which are shaping its development.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse and critically evaluate modern Australian contract law, including the transactional and policy frameworks within which it operates

2. Comprehend, analyse and critically evaluate primary legal materials

3. Create persuasive legal and factual arguments relating to contract disputes, and form critical judgments about their likely resolution.

4. Present the results of your analysis in writing in a logical manner and in clear, concise, correct English.


This course examines the general law of contract and some legislation rules relating to:

1. Formation (Agreement, Intention, Consideration, Certainty)

2. Estoppel

3. Parties (Third parties, Agency)

4. Content (Express Terms - Incorporation, Express Terms - Interpretation,Implied Terms)

5. Obligations (Performance and Breach)

6. Excuses for non Performance (Invalidating factors - misrepresentation and misleading conduct, mistake, unconsionable conduct, illegality; Termination breach, non-fulfilment of contingent conditions, frustration)

7. Remedies (damages, restitution, account of profit and orders to perform)


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A and LAWS2003B for students enrolled in combined law degree programs

Assessment Items

In Term Test: 2 x In Class Examinations (open book)

Formal Examination: 2 x Formal Examinations (open book)

Essay: Research Essay

In Term Test: Take Home Examination Problem-Based

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term