• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Anne McNaughton
    • Damian Clifford
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

The Contracts course is one of the foundation subjects in the JD programs. It examines a central aspect of the law of obligations. In this course we look at the evolution of contract, its central role in a market economy and the criteria for making legally enforceable promissory obligations. The requirements for the formation of a binding contract are examined together with the content of agreements. This involves an examination of the associated rules and doctrines used to ascertain the meaning and scope of the obligations expressly or impliedly undertaken by the parties to a contract. 


We will also be looking at breach of contract and its consequences, including a consideration of the remedies available at common law and in equity. The law of contract is affected and influenced by a range of other legal doctrines and statutory measures, notably the doctrines of estoppel, duress, undue influence and unconscionable conduct and the statutory prohibition on misleading or deceptive conduct. Throughout the course we consider the foundational rules and doctrines of contract law and the effect on contract law of these other areas of law. 


Contract law is an important foundation for other compulsory and elective courses taken later in the degree including Property and Commercial Law.


This course meets the requirements of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee Prescribed Academic Areas of Knowledge for Contracts. 

This course meets the following requirements of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee Prescribed Academic Areas of Knowledge for Equity: 

  • specific performance 
  • injunction 
  • damages in equity 
  • estoppel 
  • vitiating factors 
  • unconscionably

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesise, evaluate and apply the fundamental principles of contract law.
  2. Develop and justify solutions and professional conclusions in order to resolve a range of hypothetical contract law problem scenarios and provide professional advice to a client.
  3. Communicate theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions regarding contract law matters to a variety of legal and non-legal audiences in a range of oral and/or written formats.
  4. Interpret and critically evaluate the theoretical underpinnings and contemporary developments in contract law, with reference to their broader context and a range of diverse perspectives.
  5. Undertake legal research using appropriate methodologies and sources to resolve complex contract law problems and justify professional decisions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the semester. More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available in the Class Summary and on the course WATTLE page. (null) [LO null]

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Workload

  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be currently completing LAWS1201/LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
4148 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 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
5532 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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