This course provides an introduction to the law of contract in Australia and will focus on the fundamental principles of a valid and enforceable contract. The course will examine the theoretical analysis of contract law; the formation of a contract including contractual agreement; intention to create legal relations; contractual consideration; promissory estoppel; and contractual capacity. Consideration will also be given to the contents and interpretation of a contract and the doctrine of privity of contract.
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Evaluate a contract to determine whether the elements of contract formation are properly present.
2. Analyse and interpret the express and implied provisions of a contract to determine its objective meaning.
3. Apply general theories of contract law to guide the analysis of contractual disputes.
4. Compare the operation of Australian contract law with overseas contract law, particularly in relation to online commerce.
5. Research legal principles from statute and case law, and apply those principles to the analysis of contractual disputes.
6. Manage your study workload to ensure the timely delivery of high quality analysis.