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Corporate law examines the laws and regulations relevant to registered companies. Knowledge of corporate law is required for admission to legal practice.
People who wish to embark on a commercial venture may choose from a range of forms of legal organisations provided by the legal system. A competent commercial lawyer or business person needs to be aware of the legal principles pertaining to one of the more important types of organisations, namely, the registered company. Corporate Law is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the key legal principles and policy issues relevant to registered companies. This unit is a compulsory area of study in the law degree and is required for admission as a legal practitioner.
This unit aims to:
· provide students with knowledge of key corporate law principles, and
· assist you to apply the legal research skills developed in LLH201 Legal Research and LLH206 Administration Law.
At the completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. construct arguments, synthesising the law and policy, to critically analyse complex corporate problems and communicate arguments and reasoning appropriately (Course Learning Outcomes 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.1)
2. interpret and explain relevant provisions of corporate legislation and demonstrate an awareness of the various contexts in which the law operates (CLOs 1.1, 1.4), and
3. research a complex corporate law problem or issue by selecting the appropriate methodology and using a range of legal resources to complete a research project within a set time frame (CLOs 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4).
The content of this unit includes:
· the context of Australian corporations law
· the incorporation process
· the corporate constitution
· corporate personality
· administration of companies and management of the business of companies
· duties and liabilities of directors and officers
· company's dealing with outsiders
· members remedies
· basic principles of corporate funding, and
· winding up of corporations.
The teaching and learning approach in this unit is blended, comprising online content delivery for independent, flexible learning and face-to-face tutorials that facilitate the practice of applying the law to fact scenarios, and developing skills in legal problem solving, statutory interpretation and research.
Student learning is supported with online materials to provide feedback on the understanding of the principles and skills of the unit.
The research project assessment instrument and unit teaching affords students an opportunity to learn and apply the principles of project management. Students are also referred to commercial contexts and need to apply critical thinking as well as creative problem-solving.
External students are supported with an External Attendance School midway through the semester.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
J Harris, A Hargovan and M Adams,
Australian Corporate Law (LexisNexis Butterworths, 5th ed, 2016)
Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
C Anderson, J Dickfos, M Nehme, M Hyland and A Dahdal,
Corporations Law (LexisNexis Butterworths, 4th ed, 2013)
P Lipton, A Herzberg and M Welsh,
Understanding Company Law (Lawbook Co, 18th ed, 2015)
There are no unusual risks in this unit.
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