Australian Consumer Law

10 Units

This course is designed to examine the main statutory provisions of Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Specifically, it examines key concepts and principles of Australian Consumer Law, the latest relevant case law, and statutory remedies that are available. The course will provide students with not only a theoretical basis of ACL, but also a practical understanding of how the provisions are applied.

The course utilises principles of engaged learning whereby students will be exposed to guest speakers, expert in specific aspects of the curriculum and undertake field trips to liaise with high-level practitioners working in the field.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the ACL and related principles, policies, cases and statutes;
  2. Apply the ACL concepts to analysing and solving practical problems and theoretical legal issues;
  3. Construct and critically evaluate legal arguments by reference to relevant legislation and case law in the consumer protection law field;
  4. Apply understanding of the ACCC’s role in enforcing the ACL;
  5. Ethically and accurately reference legal information from a range of primary and secondary sources; and
  6. Use a range of legal research tools to locate and evaluate primary and secondary legal information and to develop clear and logical arguments based on legal authority.

The topics in this course include the following:

  1. Introduction to ACL;
  2. Misleading or deceptive conduct;
  3. Unconscionable conduct;
  4. Unfair contract terms;
  5. Other sharp practices (i.e. bait advertising, pyramid selling, referral selling, unsolicited goods and services, etc.).
  6. Manufacturers’ liability;
  7. Public and private remedies; and
  8. Enforcement powers of the ACCC.
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: Online Quiz
  • Presentation: Presentation
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment: Final Take-Home Paper

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6110
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