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Civil Justice (11255.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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  • Semester 2, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (191448) - View
  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (184074) - View

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This unit is concerned with the enforcement of private rights created by civil law. In this unit, students will gain basic understanding of the principles of contract law including the nature of contract and the elements essential to its formation to remedies for breaches. Students will also gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of the law of torts, an awareness of the most common civil law problems and the principles, law and remedies available to solve them. The unit looks at the way private legal obligations and rights may arise and how disputes might be determined. The unit covers issues such as family matters, tenancy, consumer issues, property and employment.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Appreciate the scope, nature and content of civil law in the Australian legal system;

2. Apply the principles of the civil law to identify appropriate causes of action and remedies; and

3. Identify appropriate dispute resolution options for a variety of civil law problems.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour problem-based learning activity on campus per week.


11251 Foundations of Law and Justice



Assumed Knowledge

Basic understanding of the Australian legal system.

Incompatible Units

Bachelor of Laws students may not undertake this unit.

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