The unit of study builds on the knowledge students have gained in the core contracts courses (Contracts and Torts and Contracts 2). The specific focus of the Advanced Contracts unit of study is on the regulatory dimension of contracts and contract law. During the unit we will study the regulatory aspect of common law contracts doctrines and the forms of regulation of contractual relations whereby contracts and contract law are used to achieve different public policy goals. The unit of study will provide opportunities to deepen your knowledge of the regulation of contracts from a practical perspective (focusing on current legal and policy problems), while also allowing interested students to engage in a research task either on a practical legal problem or one that has a scholarly dimension. The background material studied in the unit of study will be used to reflect on public policy debates (such as the Financial Services Royal Commission focusing on private law relationships in the financial services sector). The different case studies examined in the unit of study will be used to re-examine some of the fundamental underlying principles of contract law and the various statutory interventions in this field.
Class presentation (20%); 2 x 800wd reaction papers (20%); 1 x 5000wd research paper or final 2hr exam (60%)