Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course is one of two courses (Contracts I and II) that together provide an integrated understanding of the concepts, doctrines and theories underpinning contract law. The topics covered in this course include the law relating to the formation of contract, an introduction to the equitable concept of estoppel and contract excuses (i.e. vitiating factors that might prevent the contract from being enforced). The course will also focus on the development of skills in the areas of note taking, problem solving and referencing. These skills will complement and reinforce your understanding of the course content areas and will build your graduate skills portfolio.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021

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. Create notes by reading and synthesising cases and use those notes to resolve legal problems.

3. Draft reasoned and supported legal and factual arguments relating to contract disputes, including critical judgments about their likely resolution.

4. Express contracts concepts and problem-solving clearly using relevant and accurate referencing.


This course examines the general law of contract (both 'common law' and legislation) relating to:

  1. Formation
  2. Estoppel
  3. Contract excuses


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

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030.

Assessment items

Participation: Compulsory attendance *

In Term Test: Take home exam

Written Assignment: Problem solving exercise

Essay: Essay

* 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:

  • Participation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Seminar attendance requirement - students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. Attendance at all classes (seminars/workshops) will be monitored and records maintained by the Course Coordinator. In order to satisfy the “Attendance” requirement, students must be present at a minimum of 80% of scheduled classes as spelled out in the course outline, unless they are able to demonstrate that their absence falls within the Adverse Circumstances policy. Unless this requirement is met, despite marks awarded in other assessment items, the student will receive a zero mark and an FF grade for the course. Please note that if you miss more than 2 classes (regardless of whether you have adverse circumstances) you may be required to complete additional assessment items to ensure that you have completed the required volume of learning for this course.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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

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