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Competition Law (LLB310)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Description Regulation of anticompetitive conduct by means of substantive prohibition in Pt IV of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA). Economic theory provides policy rationale for competition law hence a basic understanding of economics concepts such as markets, competition and market power is required. Main types of anticompetitive conduct included are cartel provisions, anticompetitive arrangements, misuse of market power and mergers. Examine the administrative role of the competition regulator, the ACCC, and the enforcement and procedure of competition law in Australia.
Unit Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate, through research and legal writing:
1. an appreciation of the competing schools of thought on the underlying policy objectives of competition law;

2. a general understanding of the economic concepts which underlie the competition provisions (Pt IV) of the CCA;

3. an ability to critically assess the circumstances under which conduct may substantially lessen competition using analytical and problem-solving skills; and

4. a comprehensive understanding of the scope and content of Pt IV of the CCA including the relevant legislation and case law and the role of the regulatory authorities
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit will be taught as a 3 hour lecture/seminar/workshop over 8 weeks as follows:
Weeks 1 to 4; and weeks 11 to 14 inclusive (i.e. non-teaching weeks 5 to 10).
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will be offered as an elective unit in in second semester. The lecture/seminar/workshop will include theory and some practical activities over the week.
Assessment Assignment (2000 words): 50% and examination (2 hours writing time plus 10 minutes reading and noting time): 50%.
Prerequisites Completion of LAW260/ LLB260 Contract Law.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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