LAW 7177 - Introduction to Australian Law
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LAW 7177 - Introduction to Australian Law

Career: Postgraduate Coursework
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Intensive
Restriction: Not Available for Law graduates
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: Check with School
Incompatible: LAW 7157

This subject is a foundation subject for law postgraduate subjects taken in the Master of Business Law, Master of Comparative Law, and Master of Property. The subject commences with an introduction to Australian law and its legal system, including: - legal system taxonomy, including public and private law, other families of legal systems, including the international legal system and the common law/civil law divide; - the historical background and the development of the Australian legal system; - the roles of the courts in Australia, court processes and hierarchies in Australia and the operation of the doctrine of precedent; - the separation of powers in Australia; and - the legislative system in Australia, law making processes and statutory interpretation. Through a consideration of the law of contract, students will be introduced to issues of supremacy of law (legislation vs common law), The following topics will be covered: - creation and content of a contract (formation, privity, and terms); - performance and discharge of obligations (performance, breach, frustration, variation and discharge by agreement); and - remedies (enforcement and compensation)

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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 07/08/2023 Wed 16/08/2023 Fri 15/09/2023 Fri 27/10/2023

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21081 SE01 20 15 25 Jul - 25 Jul Tuesday 9am - 4pm Ligertwood, 515, Teaching Room
1 Aug - 1 Aug Tuesday 9am - 4pm Ligertwood, 515, Teaching Room
4 Aug - 4 Aug Friday 9am - 4pm Ligertwood, 515, Teaching Room
8 Aug - 8 Aug Tuesday 9am - 4pm Ligertwood, 515, Teaching Room
Note: Classes will be available online for students prevented by circumstances beyond their control from attending in person, including those based overseas or interstate.