2018 Winter School Subject List

Contracts (LAWS5002) - Opens 03 Oct 2017

Faculty: Law (Sydney Law School)
Department: Law
Level: Postgraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1)  John Eldridge - john.eldridge@sydney.edu.au

(1)  Professional Law Programs  - Law.professional@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 08 Jan 2018 
End Date: 19 Jan 2018 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 03 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Permission: - 


  2. Note: - 

    All enrolments are subject to approval by the Sydney Law School.

  3. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Law students only


Contract law provides the legal background for transactions involving the supply of goods and services and is, arguably the most significant means by which the ownership of property is transferred from one person to another. It vitally affects all members of the community and a thorough knowledge of contract law is essential to all practising lawyers. In the context of the law curriculum as a whole, Contracts provides background which is assumed knowledge in many other units.

The aims of the course are composite in nature. The course examines the rules that regulate the creation, terms, performance, breach and discharge of a contract. Remedies and factors that may vitiate a contract such as misrepresentation are dealt with in Torts and Contracts II.

The central aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the basic principles of contract law and how those principles are applied in practice to solve problems. Students will develop the skills of rules based reasoning and case law analysis.

A second aim is to provide students an opportunity to critically evaluate and make normative judgements about the operation of the law.

Successful completion of this unit of study is a prerequisite to the elective unit Advanced Contracts.


Take-home assignment (40%) and 2hr final exam (60%)


Start Date: 08 Jan 2018     End Date: 19 Jan 2018


Mon 09:00 - 16:30

Wed 09:00 - 16:30

Fri 09:00 - 16:30

Final Exam

Tue 13th Feb, 10:00 Start (2hr exam & 30 mins reading time)



Mon & Wed - New Law School Seminar Room 102

Fri - New Law School Lecture Theatre 024

Exam: New Law School Seminar 102


Paterson, Robertson and Duke, Principles of Contract Law (6th ed 2016 Thomson Reuters); Paterson, Robertson and Duke, Contract: Cases and Materials (13th ed 2016 Thomson Reuters)