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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2011 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2011 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Lisa Robinson (T1-58, T2-58); Mr Scott Wotherspoon (T3-58)



  1. Introduction to the course and overview of company law
  2. Australian company law - history and regulation
  3. Comparison with other types of business association and types of company under the corporations law
Corporate personality
  1. The corporation as a separate legal entity
  2. Piercing the corporate veil
Corporate structure
  1. Corporate finance
  2. Maintenance of Capital
  3. The corporate constitution
Corporations and the outside world
  1. Corporate contracting
Corporate mortality
  1. Insolvency, voluntary administration and winding-up.


Students who successfully complete this unit will have:

  1. knowledge and understanding of the formation, financing and dissolution of corporations, and the relationship between corporations and the outside world
  2. knowledge and understanding of legislation and policy in these areas of corporate law
  3. an ability to think critically about the impact of these concepts, principles, legislation and policy on the social and economic context in which they operate
  4. an ability to apply these concepts, principles, legislation and policy to hypothetical fact situations
  5. the opportunity to conduct independent research in corporate law and for the results of that research to form a substantial proportion of the assessment for the subject.


Final examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time): 70%
Assignment (2,500-3,000 words): 30%.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Lisa Robinson (Trimester 1)
Dr Joanna Kyriakakis (Trimester 2)
Mr Scott Wotherspoon (Trimester 3)

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week x 12 weeks


LAW7212 or LAW7470