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|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Dr KM Backhouse
Dr KM Backhouse
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|3||2019: $1,369.00||2019: $1,671.00||090900|
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75 credit points in introductory study including LAW121 and LAW122, or a bachelor degree or equivalent
2/3 x 50-min lectures weekly, 50-min tutorial fortnightly
A combination of internal and external assessment.
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