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Conceptual Foundations - JURD7923
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4
Excluded: LAWS1123
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course is studied at the same time as Legal Experience 2. It develops students’ understanding of the functioning of the Australian legal system and their facility with foundational legal skills acquired in Legal System and Skills. Students are introduced to fundamental concepts and legal paradigms in three core areas of substantive law: contract, tort and criminal law. The course focuses on students’ acquisition of legal problem-solving skills in oral and written contexts that will enhance students’ understanding of legal principles found in case and statute law in these three fields of law.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

  • To introduce students to basic principles of law in contract, tort and criminal law, including a critical understanding of theory and policy considerations informing the law in these fields.
  • To understand and practise applying forms of legal argument to legal problem-solving.
  • To develop analytical and critical skills.
  • To encourage students to look at how substantive law works in a social context.

Main Topics

  • Contract: aspects of contract theory; offer and acceptance; consideration; intention to create legal relations; formal requirements; capacity to contract.
  • Tort: the rise of negligence; the elements of negligence; critical perspectives.
  • Criminal law: debates around criminalisation; process in criminal law; public order offences; sentencing.


Class participation: 10%

Class performance (practical exercises): 20%

Problem-solving assignment: 30%

End of semester exam: 40%

Course Texts

  • Reading Materials available from UNSW Bookshop.

  • Daniel Khoury and Yvonne Yamouni, Understanding Contract Law, 7th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Australia, 2007
  • John Gooley and Peter Radan, Principles of Australian Contract Law, LexisNexis Butterworths, Australia, 2006
  • Frances McGlone and Amanda Stickley, Australian Torts Law, LexisNexis Butterworths, Australia, 2005
  • Simon Bronnit and Bernadette McSherry, Principles of Criminal Law, 2nd edn, Lawbook Co, Sydney, 2005
  • David Brown et al, Criminal Laws, 4th edn, Federation Press, Sydney 2006

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