• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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Commercial Law is designed to give students an understanding of the key areas of commercial law and how they relate to each other.  The focus is on the areas of personal property and aspects of commercial contracts, as these form the basis of all commercial law.  The course will consider the concepts of bailment and agency and the complex provisions dealing with the sale of goods.  It is suitable for those students who want an overview of commercial law as well as those who want to bring themselves up to date with recent developments in this field.  This course is an elective that builds on material in the compulsory course Contracts and articulates with Corporations Law, Property and other commercially focussed electives such as Restrictive Trade Practices and Consumer Protection and Product Liability, for example.

Learning Outcomes

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

On the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. explain, outline and apply an advanced understanding of the areas of commercial law dealt with in this course;
  2. analyse critically particular areas of commercial law by participation in discussions and online forums;
  3. identify and provide solutions to complex problems in particular areas of commercial law,
  4. transform the analysis of case law into a proposition of commercial law that can be communicated to others;
  5. identify the relevant legal issues that arise on a given set of facts in the areas of commercial law dealt with in the course;
  6. 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;
  7. co-operate with your colleagues within limits set by rules governing proper academic discourse.

Indicative Assessment

At least two pieces of assessment including a research based problem worth at least 50% of the overall mark

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Equivalent to three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and completed or be completing five LAWS 1000 or 6100 level courses and completed LAWS1204/LAWS6104 Contracts. LAWS2204/LAWS6204 Property is a co-requisite. This course is incompatible with LAWS8140.


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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
4784 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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