The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Law regulates many aspects of human life and activities. The Australian legal system is complex and it is important for all citizens and residents to have some understanding of how our common law legal system works. This course introduces students to the key features of Australia's legal and constitutional system to support engaged and responsible citizenship. It also provides instruction in the core rules and principles which regulate the law of contract, a key area of law which has impact on business. Some aspects of the law of negligence, agency and consumer protection are also included to help students' understanding and dynamic network of laws which have a direct impact on our personal lives.



  • Semester 2 - 2019

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and explain the principal features of the Australian Legal System;

2. Identify the key legal risks associated with setting up and running a business and explain legal and business strategies used to control those risks;

3. Outline the main legal requirements for creating and enforcing a contract;

4. Apply problem solving methods to identify, analyse and explain areas of law covered during the course.


Topics to be covered are:

MODULE 1: Legal System and Constitutional framework

- Legal concepts and terminology

- Australia as a common law system

- Australian Constitutional framework

- What does it mean to be an engaged citizen

MODULE 2: The Law of Contract

- Promises and bargains

- Making a contract

- Contract excuses

- Contract terms

- Ending a contract and remedies.

MODULE 3: Other areas of law which affect business

- The law of negligence

- Consumer protection

- How the law defines types of businesses

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Multiple choice quizzes

Written Assignment: Learning portfolio

Formal Examination: Final open book examination

Contact hours

Ourimbah, Newcastle City Precinct and PSB Singapore

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students will complete specific reading and online learning activities.


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