MLJ702 - Contract Law and Policy

Unit details

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Firew Tiba
Trimester 3: Tyrone Berger
Cohort rule:

For M729 (Juris Doctor) students only



Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 2h class (recordings provided) + 2h online seminar (live streamed and recordings provided)


This unit aims to equip students with the knowledge and ability to apply and critically evaluate contract law and policy. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of contract law in commercial life and private settings, and will be exposed to the policy issues raised by contract law. Topics include: the theoretical foundation for contract law, contractual formation, contractual terms, vitiating factors, contractual performance and termination by agreement, breach of contract, frustration of contract and remedies.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Describe the principles and rules that constitute ‘Contract Law’ and be able to apply them to legal problems

GLO1 Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities


Locate and manage information about Contract Law principles and rules from primary and secondary sources

GLO3: Digital literacy


Describe how Contract Law rules operate in commercial and private transactions

GLO1 Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities


Critically analyse the policy issues raised by contract law, including through comparative analysis

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Apply analytical and reasoning skills and the ability to develop and present an argument

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 

Assessment 1 (Individual) -

  • Problem based written assignment; and
  • Essay

Problem based written assignment: 2000 words

Essay: 1500 words

50% total

Problem based written assignment: 30%

Essay: 20%

Week 7
Examination 2 hours 50% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLJ702 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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