Faculty of Law

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)


Contract law addresses the broad concepts, principles and rules used to determine the content binding promises and as appropriate, their defeasibility or enforcement in a market economy. It is taught in two units - Contract A and B.
Contract A covers formation, including capacity, formalities, privacy and consideration and the content and construction of contract.
The unit is taught paying due attention to critiques of contract law as well as the policy factors influencing various forms of contracting.


At the conclusion of the unit, students should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

  1. a coherent, critical and policy-aware understanding of the principles and rules of the law of contract
  2. a well developed ability to extract and evaluate principles and rules from primary and secondary law sources (cases, statutes, textbooks, articles and other writings about contract law)
  3. a well developed ability to use these principles and rules to solve selected problems in examinations and other settings
  4. a well developed understanding of the dynamic nature of the law of contract
  5. a reasonable level of understanding of trajectories for further evolution of contract law's principles and rules.


Optional written assignment (1000 words) (20%); examination (2 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 80% for those who undertake optional written assignment or 100% for those who do not undertake optional written assignment.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week and six tutorials of one hour each throughout the semester.


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104