• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Stephen Bottomley
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course examines the fundamental laws governing corporations in Australia. Corporations now exist at the centre of Australian society and affect many areas of economic, political and social life. Forming an understanding of foundational corporate law concerns is essential in all areas of legal practice, not just commercial law. It is as important to family specialists as it is to those wishing to work with NGOs or in government practice. This course provides a broad introduction to corporations law, covering topics such as: incorporation, corporate powers, corporate decision making, directors’ duties, corporate finance, insolvency and shareholders’ rights and remedies.

 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. By the end of this course, you should be able to do the following tasks:
  2. - Analyse the fundamental rules and concepts of corporate law, such as separate legal personality, limited liability, corporate contracting, directors’ duties, insolvency and the rights of shareholders;
  3. - Articulate the policy foundations and implications of corporate law rules such as the law on dividends, directors’ duties and maintenance of share capital.
  4. - Critically evaluate the broader theorectical, social, political and economic issues underlying corporate law;
  5. - Analyse complex sections of the Corporations Act
  6. - Evaluate detailed legal problems involving corporate law issues;
  7. - Synthesise corporate law rules into cohesive arguments in response to corporate law problems

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1.Online quiz (15%) (15) [LO 1,4]
  2. 2. Research essay or short film (35%) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
  3. 3. Take-home examination (50%) (50) [LO 1,4,5,6]

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Workload

This course involves 3 hours of lectures per week for the first three weeks of the course. From week four, there will be a two-hour lecture per week, and a one hour weekly tutorial. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course. The lectures will be recorded; the tutorial will be offered face-to-face for on-campus students and online for online students.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) , have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1204/LAWS6104 Contracts.

Prescribed Texts

Stephen Bottomley, Kath Hall, Peta Spender and Beth Nosworthy, Contemporary Australian Corporate Law (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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:
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
2020 $4830
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $6420
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
2914 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A
4155 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 Online N/A

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