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Warning! This unit contains mature content and may not be suitable for some students. Any student under the age of 16 who would like to enrol in this unit must first complete a Parental Consent Form.

Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction and the nature and function of law
    • Sources of law: Legislation and case law
    • Making a contract
    • Contents of a contract: Expressed terms
    • Contents of a contract: Implied terms
    • Performance and breach
    • Remedies
    • Australian consumer law
    • Liability in tort law
    • Business organisations
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. interpret and apply the basic legal rules and principles arising in the Australian legal system
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the principle concepts and sources of law in Australia to identify and analyse legal issues
  3. construct a coherent and logical legal argument using the four step approach
  4. apply relevant legal concepts and principles to analyse and solve case studies.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is an introduction to law with a business focus. Students examine the nature and sources of law in Australia. Key aspects of civil law as they relate to business are explored with a particular emphasis on contract law.

Students who are completing a Curtin degree and have passed both BLW14 and BLW16 prior to 2015, can have either BLW14 or BLW16 counted as an elective.

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