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LAW4196 - Consumer law

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law


Not offered in 2007


The unit will consider the main issues facing consumers purchasing goods or services:

  1. misinformation;
  2. unsatisfactory goods and services;
  3. defective and dangerous goods; and
  4. unfair contracts. The unit will consider the various regulatory responses to these issues, typically:
    1. non-legal controls e.g. codes of conduct;
    2. private law e.g. manufacturers' and retailers' liability for goods; unconscionable conduct;
    3. public law e.g. Trade Practices Act 1974. The course will consider how these various responses impact upon particular factual problems and will crucially assess the merits of the various responses to consumer issues using, economic and welfarist perspectives.


The jurisdictions to be examined will be: Common Law: Australia, New Zealand, Canada; Common Law/Civil law: South Africa.


Examination (3hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 100% OR Examination (1 1/2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading time): 50%
Research essay (4,000 words): 50%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102; LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102