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LAWS436 Commercial and Consumer Law

The principles of the law relating to the sale of goods, consumer guarantees, deceptive practices and consumer credit.

Freedom of contract has given way to detailed statutory regulation in the interests of consumer protection. This paper considers the more important forms of that regulation against the background of general sales law and economic theories of consumer behaviour. In particular, it examines consumer guarantees, fair trading and consumer credit legislation.

Paper title Commercial and Consumer Law
Paper code LAWS436
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $646.20
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,856.00

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LAWS 202 and 66 further LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff
Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will have a detailed knowledge of:
  • Sales law and consumer protection, with particular emphasis on defective products.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22