Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Contract Law A examines the foundational principles of the law of contract in Australia. Students will interrogate the common law presumptions of freedom of contract and equality of bargaining power and analyse the capacity of equity to ameliorate the effects of those presumptions. This subject considers the role of contract law as a transactional mechanism and as a method of allocation of risks and assesses the impact of the development of implied duties to cooperate and to act in good faith in the performance of contractual obligations.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorOz Susler

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesArgument development and evaluation modelled through presentations, individual student reading of cases and in-class discussions to clarify and evaluate applications, assessment

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into the LMJD


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Cheshire & Fifoot Law of Contract

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorN Seddon, R Bigwood and M Ellinghaus



PublisherLexis Nexis, Butterworths


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate high level research skills in relation to primary and secondary sources of contract law and its context
02. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the conceptual and doctrinal framework of contract law in Australia
03. Evaluate claims made in a factual scenario with appropriate reference to contract law
04. Write a legal opinion on a factual scenario in contract law in a professional manner
05. Critically analyse common law principles in the law of contract with reference to theories of contract law

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorOz Susler

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.50 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 6.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Online Quiz - equivalent to 1000 words

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

Problem Solving Assignment - equivalent to 2000 words There is a grading rubric used for this assessment as well as a general comments section.

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Central Exam - equivalent to 3000 words

N/ACentral examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4