Australian Competition and Consumer Law
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- 29 Jun 2020
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a coherent, mature understanding of the nature and scope of the Australian law governing competition and consumer protection, including knowledge of its institutions, history, fundamental doctrines and principles, and theoretical underpinnings;
- use cognitive and creative skills to critically analyse the role, efficiency and effectiveness of the competition and consumer law in dealing with contemporary issues;
- use initiative and judgement to critically evaluate, synthesise, and consolidate legal concepts, values and rules of competition and consumer law to construct persuasive legal arguments and solutions for fact based problems; and
- demonstrate the ability to autonomously develop well-argued, clear and coherent written advice regarding competition and consumer law issues for a range of interested parties.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
To enrol in this subject you will need to pass UNE-LAW100 and UNE-LAW101 and (UNE-LAW161 or UNE-LAW162) and (UNE-LAW171 or UNE-LAW172) subjects. Please note as UNE results are released after the close of enrolment date, your enrolment into this subject will be withdrawn if you do not receive a satisfactory result for UNE-LAW100 and UNE-LAW101 and (UNE-LAW161 or UNE-LAW162) and (UNE-LAW171 or UNE-LAW172).
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (may be required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations)
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for this subject.
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Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
This subject focuses on the law governing consumer protection in Australia. Close attention is paid to controls on restrictive practices - both horizontal and vertical - as well as the regulation of unconscionable conduct and unfair contracts, for example. We analyse the role and application of consumer protection provisions. We also explore the role and regulatory design of competition law in Australian, beginning with the primary concept of the misuse of market power. We look not only to how such regulation is applied in practice, but also to the design, history, economic theory and political thinking underpinning those protections. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) is the key legislative framework which we will examine throughout the subject.
Assignment 1: Set Topics. 1500 words (approx). Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1-4 Online Quizzes: Three quizzes. 450 words (approx). Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1, 3, 4 Open Book Examination: It is Mandatory to pass this final examination in order to pass the unit. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1-4 There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will be offered online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit. UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Assignment 1 - Set Topics (25%%)
- Online Quizzes (25%%)
- Open Book Examination (50%%)
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