Foundations of Law

Course code LEGL1001Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

Law, the legal system, and political system impact our daily lives. This is particularly so for those engaged in business, commerce, public service and professions. The course introduces a broad framework of Australia's legal and political system, and examines the sources of law, important provisions of the state and federal constitutions, court hierarchy and jurisdiction, precedent, civil liability, aspects of professional negligence and introduces consumer protection law, business organisations, contract and agency. It establishes a solid legal knowledge foundation for business and commerce and contributes to the enhancement of student attributes in analysis and problem solving.

This course is not available to students enrolled in a combined law degree program. Not to count with LEGL1002 Introduction to Legal Studies 1.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
UoN SingaporeTrimester 1, Trimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Explain the principal features of the Australian Legal System
2. Identify and manage the key legal risks associated with setting up and running a business
3. Outline the requirements for creating and enforcing a contract
4. Apply the IRAC (Issue, Rules, Apply and Conclude) problem solving method to identify, analyse and explain business law, consumer protection and intellectual property.
ContentTopics to be covered are:

1. An examination of what is "law", including such concepts as the Rule of Law, and the 'doctrine of separation of Powers'.
2. The key features of Australia's legal system, looking at the roles and functions of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, the reception of English laws and the creation and evolution of the Australian Commonwealth.
3. The key legal issues and risks to be addresses when setting up a business
4. An introduction to the law of torts, with a focus on the law of negligence and negligent misstatement
5. An overview of the key areas of Australian intellectual property law
6. An introduction to the common law rules for creating and enforcing a contract
7. An overview of consumer protection law with a focus on the general protections under the Australian Consumer Law
8. An introduction to the law of agency and the laws impacting on the employment relationship.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsClass examination
Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LEGL1001