CONTRACT LAW A

LAW2CTA

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will examine the common law of contract. Students will use case law to analyse and apply the legal principles governing the creation, interpretation and termination of a contract. This involves the development of techniques for case analysis, for application of legal rules to fact situations, and for communication of legal analysis and advice to a range of audiences.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBalu Rao

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM or co-requisite for students enrolled in LVLGE or LVLGEB or LVLG or LVLGB

Co-requisites LAW2TOT

Incompatible subjects LAW21/22CNT or LAW2CNT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be admitted to any Bachelor of Laws UG degree or have permission from Law Director of Programs

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of Australian Contract LawPrescribedGooley Radan and Vickovich (3rd ed)Lexis-Nexis Butterworths
ReadingsPrinciples of Australian Contract Law Cases and MaterialsPrescribedGooley, Radan and Vickovich (3rd ed)Lexis-Nexis Butterworths

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the language of Contract Law and use it in written and oral settings

Activities:
Tutorial discussion and concept presentations emphasising the meaning of legal terminology, students required to use new language in all discussion and written settings. Case study assessment exercise. Research essay requiring analysis of primary and secondary legal materials.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Identify relevant common law principles governing contracts as they apply to a given fact situation

Activities:
Frameworks for doctrines explained and illustrated in concept presentations, individual student reading and analysis of cases and concepts and in-class discussions to clarify. Case readings. Recorded strategic presentations. Case study assessment exercise. Research essay requiring analysis of primary and secondary legal materials.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

03. Use case-based contractual legal principles to arrive at a solution to the problem raised in a given fact situation

Activities:
Argument development and evaluation modelled through case- study examples in concept presentations, individual student reading of cases and in-tutorial discussions to clarify and evaluate applications. Recorded strategic case presentations. Case study assessment exercise.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

04. Compose a written legal opinion as it applies to a problem in Contract Law

Activities:
Modelled through analysis of written cases, in-class discussion and application of IPAC approach (issue, principle, application, conclusion) to case-study examples, teacher prepared guides to problem solving, model answers and problem outline checklists, flowcharts and summaries.Case study assessment exercise requiring composition of a written legal opinion and a letter to a client.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

05. Demonstrate general legal analysis skills and identify and locate Australian legal information in a range of primary and secondary sources

Activities:
Mandatory analysis of written cases; case-study examples in presentations and tutorials, information literacy presentations, research and analysis of key articles and cases to develop research essay. Research essay requiring analysis of primary and secondary legal materials. Library-prepared materials demonstrating use of online research databases.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

06. Identify the outcomes arising from alternative arguments and argue strategically on the basis of the needs of a client in a fictional scenario

Activities:
Argument development and evaluation modelled through case- study examples in concept presentations, individual student reading of cases and in-tutorial discussions to clarify and evaluate applications. Case study assessment exercise. Research essay requiring analysis of primary and secondary legal materials.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

07. Communicate effectively through writing using the principles of plain legal English

Activities:
Tutorial discussion and concept presentations emphasising the necessity for clarity, modelling of written case studies, assessment tasks requiring written communication to a range of audiences.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBalu Rao

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be expected to work on problem-solving exercises together - identifying issues, working out the relevant law and applying the law to the facts. It would be useful if students had access to a laptop or tablet which allows access to cases online (through Austlii or Jade Barnet) or through the Library."

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
Five 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Lectures occur five times a semester and will focus on skills development - problem solving and research skills - and on deeper analysis of cases or policy."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Final Examination50 01, 02, 03, 06, 07
Online quiz15 02, 05
Problem solving and research written submission35 02, 04, 06, 07

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBalu Rao

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be expected to work on problem-solving exercises together - identifying issues, working out the relevant law and applying the law to the facts. It would be useful if students had access to a laptop or tablet which allows access to cases online (through Austlii or Jade Barnet) or through the Library."

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
Five 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Lectures occur five times a semester and will focus on skills development - problem solving and research skills - and on deeper analysis of cases or policy."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Final Examination50 01, 02, 03, 06, 07
Online quiz15 02, 05
Problem solving and research written submission35 02, 04, 06, 07

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorOz Susler

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will be expected to work on problem-solving exercises together - identifying issues, working out the relevant law and applying the law to the facts. It would be useful if students had access to a laptop or tablet which allows access to cases online (through Austlii or Jade Barnet) or through the Library."

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
Five 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"Lectures occur five times a semester and will focus on skills development - problem solving and research skills - and on deeper analysis of cases or policy."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Final Examination50 01, 02, 03, 06, 07
Online quiz15 02, 05
Problem solving and research written submission35 02, 04, 06, 07