LAWS331-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Commercial Law I: Sales and Consumer Law

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


The course involves a detailed study of the law relating to sale of goods, consumer guarantees, fair trading and other consumer protection legislation.

This course involves a detailed examination of sale of goods. This type of transaction is fundamental to commerce and will be explored in its two most important forms: business to business and business to consumer. Most of the relevant law here is statutory and is found in the Sale of Goods Act 1908. the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 and the Fair Trading Act 1986.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of the course, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the law of sales of goods in New Zealand;
  • Apply the law of contract to complex factual situations;
  • Analyse sales of goods; and
  • Evaluate sales of goods rules in terms of principle, policy and/or practice.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110





Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Matthew Barber


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 01 May 2017 50%
Final Examination 50%

The assessment is likely to be exam 50%, assignment 50%.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Hawes, Cynthia; Butterworths introduction to commercial law ; Fourth edition ;

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS331 Occurrences

  • LAWS331-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017