• 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 2022
    Second Semester 2022
    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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define, distinguish and apply the basic concepts and terminology of the law of contract;
  2. Define and distinguish amongst the various processes involved in contract formation; contract construction; and remedies for breach of contract;
  3. Construct a proposition of contract law established by case law;
  4. Identify the relevant legal issues that arise on a given set of facts in the area of contract law;
  5. Distinguish the facts in decided cases from those in a given set of facts;
  6. Recognise and appraise the interaction between contract formation and construction;
  7. Formulate oral and written arguments in response to a given set of facts;
  8. Select and apply a range of approaches to written communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about creative solutions to complex legal problems in the area of contract law;
  9. Use, interpret and apply a wide range of primary materials in both on-line and traditional media from international and national sources;
  10. Use legal citation conventions appropriately in the course of legal writing;

Indicative Assessment

  1. It is anticipated there will be two assessment components for this course: (null) [LO null]
  2. take home assignment (eg. case note) (null) [LO null]
  3. a final take home problem-based examination (null) [LO null]

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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed


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:
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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6.00 0.12500
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
4085 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 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
5613 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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