Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.

5. Conduct high-level legal research, exploring primary and secondary materials, and provide critical analysis of problems and questions.


This course (Part B) examines the general law of contract and some legislation relating to: 

  1. Obligations (Performance and Breach)
  2. Excuses for non-Performance (Invalidating Factors misrepresentation and misleading conduct, mistake, unconscionable conduct, illegality; Termination breach, non-fulfilment of contingent conditions, frustration)
  3. Remedies (damages, restitution, account of profit and orders to perform)

Assumed knowledge

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

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Participation: Seminar Problem Participation and Submission

Written Assignment: Research Assessment (Part A and B) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Research Assessment (Parts A and B): Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Irrespective of a student's mark in the course, if a student has achieved overall marks greater than 50% in the course but has failed to satisfactorily complete the compulsory course component then a zero mark and fail grade (FF) will be recorded on their transcript.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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