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An introduction to the legal environment of business in New Zealand including the Treaty of Waitangi and the Bill of Rights, and concepts of contract, tort, trusts, property and law of principal and agent.
The course operates on two levels. The first level is concerned with facts. By the end of the course, you should be familiar with the legal structures and rules which control and direct society and business in New Zealand. The second level is concerned with skills. By the end of the course, you should be able to apply legal rules and principles to problems, supporting your conclusions by reference to case law and/or legislation. You should also be able to discuss the general implications of various cases.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the legal rules applying in a number of core substantive business areas, and account for their evolution. Students should be able to distinguish between common law and equity. They should also be able to classify, distinguish and use appropriate legal terminology.2. Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of separation of powers and governmental accountability. 3. Demonstrate an ability to describe how an Act of Parliament is passed and to read such an Act of Parliament. 4. Describe the fundamental rights which apply in New Zealand and to apply these fundamental rights to the business environment. 5. Demonstrate the unique significance of the Treaty of Waitangi for New Zealand businesses. 6. Explain the hierarchical structure of the courts.7. Find, read and extract legal principles from case law. 8. Present legal knowledge accurately, and construct well-reasoned, well-supported arguments, using the correct forms of referencing and demonstrate a working understanding of the specific terminology operating in this field.9. Demonstrate the ability to discuss independently a current question of business law, thus demonstrating the ability to link detailed knowledge of legal rules with the ability to situate this within the wider economic context.10. Demonstrate the ability to develop accurately a suitable solution for a problem question, thus demonstrating the ability to apply detailed knowledge of the legal rules to a specific problem and to present the solution adequately.This course is open to all students who have been admitted to the university: there are no pre-requisites.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
ACIS152, AFIS151, AFIS152
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Weekly tutorials will commence in the second week of the course. You MUST attend the tutorial group you enrolled for.
Your lecturers and tutors will discuss with you any points requiring clarification beyond that obtained from the lectures, tutorials and readings. Your lecturers will be available for consultation either by appointment, or as otherwise advised.
Ronan Feehily & Raymond Tiong;
Commercial Law and the Legal System
Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2020.
Domestic fee $868.00
International fee $4,488.00
* 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.
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