This course provides an understanding of Australian corporate law. The course is structured to meet the admission requirements for practice as a legal practitioner in the Australian states and Territories. The following topics will be covered:
- forms of business association, including partnership;
- incorporation and the concept of separate legal personality;
- the corporate constitution;
- membership of the corporation and share capital;
- corporate contracting;
- duties and liabilities of directors and officers;
- basic features of the management of companies;
- shareholders' remedies;
- company credit and security arrangements; and
- winding up.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge and skills to:
2. Identify, critique and analyse the policy issues underpinning the corporate laws covered in the course.
3. Access, use, interpret and apply complex statutory material to resolve corporate law problems and issues;
4. Select and apply a range of approaches to written and oral communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about solutions to complex corporate law problems;
5. Plan and conduct a research project, with intellectual independence.
This course is a prerequisite for Takeovers and Securities Industry Law and Bankruptcy and Insolvency. Corporations Law is normally taken in either third or fourth year of a combined degree.
It is anticipated that the assessment for this course will comprise a mid-semester assessment (in the form of an online exam including one problem and one essay question) and an end of semester exam.
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WorkloadThis course involves four hours of lectures (2 x two hour lectures) per week for the first three weeks of the course. From week four, the lectures will reduce to one two-hour and one one-hour lecture per week, in addition students need to attend a one hour tutorial. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There is no prescribed textbook for 2017 - instead students will be provided with online course materials. Additional reading will include
RP Austin and IM Ramsay, Ford’s Principles of Corporations Law, 16th edition, 2015, published by LexisNexis. Students may either purchase a second hand copy or use it online via LexisNexis.
P Lipton, A Herzberg and M Walsh, Understanding Company Law
18th edition, 2015 published by Thomson Reuters Australia.
The preliminary reading required for this course will be available on the course home page at least one 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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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.
Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2346||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person||N/A|