Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2014 (Day)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


Contract law addresses the broad concepts, principles and rules used to determine the content of binding promises and as appropriate, their defeasibility or enforcement in a market economy.

Topics in Contract b will include consideration of the legal and equitable prinicples governing contractual termination, remedies (including damages, penalites, debt and equitable relief), frustration and vitiating factors (including misleading and deceptive conduct, unconscionable dealing, undue influence and statutory unconsionability).


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. acquired an understanding of certain fundamental concepts of the common law of contract, including, termination of contract and remedies for breach of contract
  2. acquired a familiarity with the principal Federal and State legislation affecting contracts and the ability to analyse and apply this legislation to contractual situations
  3. a well-developed ability to extract and evaluate principles from primary and secondary law sources (cases, statutes, textbooks, articles and other writings about contract law)
  4. developed the ability to analyse disputes arising from a contractual relationship and to give appropriate advice to clients involved in such disputes
  5. further developed skills in case law analysis and statutory interpretation
  6. the ability to use these principles and rules to solve selected problems in examinations and other settings
  7. a well-developed understanding of the dynamic nature of the law of contract.


Research assignment (2,500 words): 30% or
Legal problem solving assignment (2,500 words): 30%
Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Rebecca Giblin (Trimester 1)
Mr William Lye (Trimester 2)
Mr William Lye (Trimester 3)

Workload requirements

2.5 hours per week x 12 weeks


LAW7079 and LAW7212 or LAW7470, LAW7428