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Unit description

Provides students with an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of the operation of Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – The Australian Consumer Law – and the economic theory underlying the Act. Topics will include misleading and deceptive conduct; unconscionable conduct; unfair contracts; false and misleading representations and unfair practices; liability of retailers and manufacturers; consumer guarantees; and remedies and enforcement. The unit will also consider the policy debates and recent reforms that feature in this area of the law.

Unit content

Topic 1 Misleading and deceptive conduct

Topic 2 False and misleading representations 

Topic 3 Unconscionable conduct 

Topic 4 Unfair contract terms

Topic 5 Consumer guarantees and product safety liability

Topic 6 Remedies 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1Critically analyse the economic theory and policy objectives underpinning the Australian Consumer Law and assess the efficacy of the legislation in achieving these objectives.Intellectual rigour
2Apply advanced theoretical and technical consumer law knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced consumer law problemsLifelong learning
3Identify and interpret the penalties and remedies available under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).Knowledge of a discipline
4Assess the appropriateness and implications of the investigation and enforcement powers of the ACCC.Ethical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the economic theory and policy objectives underpinning the Australian Consumer Law and assess the efficacy of the legislation in achieving these objectives.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. Apply advanced theoretical and technical consumer law knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced consumer law problems
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. Identify and interpret the penalties and remedies available under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Assess the appropriateness and implications of the investigation and enforcement powers of the ACCC.
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

  • JM Paterson, 2019, Corones' Australian Consumer Law, 4th edn, Lawbook Co., Sydney. ISBN: 9780455242200.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report40%
Exam: take home40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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