• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Anne McNaughton
    • Dilan Thampapillai
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    Second Semester 2014
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The Contracts course is one of the foundation subjects in the law program and examines a central aspect of the law of obligations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The objectives of this course are to examine the basic rules of the law of contract, its commercial, social and historical context, and to achieve an understanding of the issues which may arise in a contractual setting.

Consistent with student-centred learning, the course is directed towards achieving the following student learning outcomes:

  • the acquisition of a detailed knowledge of the principles of contract law covered in this subject and the ability to demonstrate understanding of the development of these principles;
  • the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to hypothetical fact scenarios in order to identify legal issues in such a scenario and provide advice to a hypothetical client on the strengths and weaknesses of the client’s case;
  • the ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing their knowledge and understanding of the principles of contract law covered and the way in which that knowledge is applied to resolve hypothetical problems involving the topics covered in the course;
  • the ability to demonstrate where relevant an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the topics covered; and
  • a development of skills in legal research and legal writing.

At the conclusion of this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles of the law of contract;
  • construct a proposition of contract law established by case law;
  • identify the relevant legal issues that arise on a given set of facts in the area of contract law; and
  • where applicable, distinguish the facts in decided cases from those in a given set of facts; build this into an argument; and structure an answer to a problem question in a logical and coherent manner.


Other Information

This course is taken in the second semester of first year for all undergraduate students. Students undertaking a full time Juris Doctor will study Contracts in the first semester of first year.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment for this course will involve a compulsory piece of written assessment during the semester and a final exam in the examination period.  More information about the means of assessment and the relationship of the assessment to the learning outcomes of the course will be available on the course home page by the first week of semester.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The course will be delivered through a combination of podcasts and weekly 2 hour seminars.

Seminars are interactive and students are expected to come to their seminars prepared to engage actively with their material and each other. Students are expected to devote approximately 10 hours per week, including class time, to this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes a Bachelor of Laws or the Juris Doctor program (7330). LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law is a co-requisite.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to LAWS1204 course home page.

Preliminary Reading

The preliminary reading required for this course will be available from the course home page at least 1 week prior to the commencement of the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1626
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2646
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3147 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7143 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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