• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Mr Cameron Roles
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course LAWS6203
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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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.

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Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.      Identify, explain and apply the principles of corporations law covered in the course;

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.

Other Information

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.

Indicative Assessment

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.

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.

Workload

This 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

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws. You must have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level and have completed LAWS1204 Contracts.

Prescribed Texts

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.

Preliminary Reading

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.

Fees

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:
Band 3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2346 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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