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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)


The unit will consider the main issues facing consumers purchasing goods or services:

  1. misinformation;
  2. unsatisfactory goods and services;
  3. defective and dangerous goods; and
  4. unfair contracts. The unit will consider the various regulatory responses to these issues, typically:
    1. non-legal controls e.g. codes of conduct;
    2. private law e.g. manufacturers' and retailers' liability for goods; unconscionable conduct;
    3. public law e.g. Trade Practices Act 1974. The course will consider how these various responses impact upon particular factual problems and will crucially assess the merits of the various responses to consumer issues using, economic and welfarist perspectives.


The jurisdictions to be examined will be: Common Law: Australia, New Zealand, Canada; Common Law/Civil law: South Africa.


Final take-home examination (max 3,500 words): 70%; research essay (1500 words): 30% OR the option of a take home examination (mid semester take home exam, max 1,500 words and end of semester take home exam, max 3,500 words): 100%.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Justin Malbon

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 OR LAW1104; LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102