LAW5005 - Principles of contract law B - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Mr William Lye Personal ProfilePersonal Profile ( Trimesters 1, 2 & 3

Quota applies

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

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Trimester 1 2018 (On-campus)
  • Trimester 2 2018 (On-campus)
  • Trimester 3 2018 (On-campus)


LAW5000 or LAW5080 or LAW5081, LAW5004 (for students beginning in 2015 or later) and LAW7265 or LAW5002




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Previously coded as LAW7429


Contract law addresses the concepts, principles and rules used to determine the existence and content of binding promises and their enforcement or defeasibility in a market economy. It also addresses the underlying policy considerations. The unit complements Principles of Contract Law A, and examines the performance of contracts, the discharge of contracts by termination or frustration, legal and equitable remedies for breach of contract, and vitiating factors under the unwritten law and statute.


At the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate contemporary issues and developments in contract law and practice, with reference to broader social, economic and comparative perspectives
  2. use appropriate research tools and methods to evaluate and synthesise relevant legal and factual matters;
  3. demonstrate intellectual and practical skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methods and conclusions;
  4. select, analyse, interpret and apply legal principles and methods and use professional judgement to generate appropriate jurisprudential and practical responses to moderately complex legal problems;
  5. communicate effectively and persuasively; and
  6. learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism.


  1. Research assignment (2500 words): 30%
  2. Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time): 70%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 36 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.