Contracts - Part A

Course code LAWS3004AUnits 10Level 3000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

LLB courses are only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (LLB); Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. The separate elements of the sequence must be completed in consecutive terms ie without an intervening term.


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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesAt the end of this course students should be able to demonstrate the following:

(i) Developed knowledge and critical understanding of modern Australian contract law, including the transactional and policy frameworks within which it operates
(ii) A developed capacity to read, analyse and learn from cases
(iii) A developed capacity to answer legal problems arising in contractual disputes (including the capacity to present the analysis of legal problems in a logical manner and in clear, concise, correct English).
ContentThis course examines the general law of contract and some legislation rules relating to
(i) Formation (Agreement, Intention, Consideration, Certainty)
(ii) Estoppel
(iii) Parties (Third parties, Agency)
(iv)Content (Express Terms - Incorporation, Express Terms - Interpretation,Implied Terms)
(v)Obligations (Performance and Breach)
(vi)Excuses for non Performance (Invalidating factors - misrepresentation and misleading conduct, mistake, unconsionable conduct, illegality; Termination breach, non-fulfilment of contingent conditions, frustration)
(vii)Remedies (damages, restitution, account of profit and orders to perform)
Replacing Course(s)na
Transitionna
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A and LAWS2003B for students enrolled in combined law degree programs
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassIn class examination (open book)
Examination: FormalNovember exam period: 3 hour formal, open book, problem-based examination.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis 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.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for LAWS3004A