Torts and Contracts II (LAWS1017)


This unit aims to develop the integrated study of the law of civil obligations and remedies. The laws of tort and contract frequently overlap in practice. Equitable principles also play an important role in providing remedies in a contractual context. Further, many situations in which the common law applies are increasingly regulated by statute. This course builds on the introduction to tort law and contract law which students acquired in Torts and Contracts respectively. It will include the study of more advanced topics in both areas and consider the impact of related statutes such as the Australian Consumer Law. Core topics are:
(a) Causation and remoteness of damage principles in contract law and the calculation of damages for breach of contract;
(b) Vitiating factors and other factors affecting contracts, including: unfair or unconscionable dealing; unfair terms in contracts; mistake and misrepresentation; duress; and undue influence. This topic includes a study of equitable principles and statutory rights and remedies (such as those under the Australian Consumer Law).
(c) Liability and remedies for misleading or deceptive conduct under statute (in particular, under s 18 of the Australian Consumer Law);
(d) Liability for negligently inflicted economic loss in tort, including liability for negligent misstatement, liability for economic loss suffered by third parties rather than the primary victim, liability for defective construction;
(e) Joint and several liability and proportionate liability regimes in cases of multiple wrongdoers or multi party transactions and the law relating to vicarious liability for the torts of others.
Other topics may be studied to the extent class time allows. These topics may include: the intentional economic torts; tort remedies for interference with goods; breach of statutory duty; illegality in contract.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture and 1x1hr lecture/week for 10 weeks and 1x1hr tutorial/week for 9 weeks from week 2


2000wd assignment (30%) and tutorial participation (10%) and 2hr exam (60%).

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(LAWS1010 or LAWS1012) and LAWS1015



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.