Summer Session 2017-18 lec > subject pages > contracts

The law relating to contracts is one of the pillars of the common law system. An understanding of the basic elements of contract law is thus a critical pre-requisite for the study of a number of later subjects, including Conveyancing, Commercial Transactions and Industrial Law.

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles of contract law which apply to nearly all contracts. In fulfilling this aim, the course focuses primarily on a study of relevant case law and statute law. The course covers the elements of formation of contracts, terms of a contract, matters affecting consent to a contract, discharge of contracts, remedies, and third party rights.

Special principles that apply to specific types of contracts are dealt with in later courses.

The objectives of the course are:

(a)    to provide students with an understanding of basic principles of contract law; and
(b)    to develop in students an ability to analyse fact situations and correctly identify the relevant principles of contract law that are applicable to the resolution of problems raised by particular factual situations.



Lecture and weekend school timetables, prescribed materials, and assignment information are in the Subject Guide. Assignments and Supplementary Materials (where applicable) can be accessed by current students from the Webcampus.







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