Courses & Units

Foundations of Private Law LAW252



Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2020. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


Compulsory core unit for students in new Law degrees, which were introduced in 2013, with course codes 63I, 63J, 63K, 63L, 63M, 63N,63O and 63P. Also degrees commencing 2014 63Q and 63R.


This unit develops an understanding of the broader law of private obligations by introducing students to its historical foundations and basic doctrinal elements, including aspects of contract, equity, tort, and property. The unit begins by examining what is private law, identify where it comes from, (with this focus domestic and international), and what it seeks to achieve. From this base, we then branch into an examination of some of the key doctrinal elements of private law and examine the application of those key elements to a practical case study. In this unit students will be provided with opportunities to improve their written communication skills and capacity for self-management and independent study. This unit contributes to meeting the necessary content in respect of Contracts Law and Torts as prescribed by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee, Uniform Admission Rules, Schedule 1 Prescribed Areas of Knowledge ('Priestley 11'). The unit specifically assists in obtaining an understanding of the theoretical basis of Contract Law and the formal requirements for concluding contracts. In relation to meeting the requirements for Torts, it achieves outcomes in terms of understanding a representative range of torts. It also advances students' achievement of the Threshold Learning Outcomes for Law (TLO's), in particular, TLO1 (Knowledge), TLO3 (Thinking Skills), and TLO6 (Self-Management).


Unit name Foundations of Private Law
Unit code LAW252
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Lynden Griggs

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $1,729.00 090900

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75 credit points in introductory study including LAW121 and LAW122, or a bachelor degree or equivalent.



Teaching Pattern

2/3 x 50-min lectures weekly, 50-min tutorial fortnightly


A combination of internal and external assessment.

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Flexible Study Options




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