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LAWS17-203: Franchising and Small Business Law


Franchising and Small Business Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. The rapid growth of franchising both domestically and internationally has created a legal specialisation of expanding importance. The subject objectives are to provide the student with an understanding of the scope of franchise law and an appreciation of some of the more complex and subtle issues of this area of the law. Franchising and Small Business Law makes an excellent capstone subject as it encompasses topics of contract law, intellectual property, tort law, consumer law, competition law, real estate, and insurance, as well as theories of regulation.

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: LAWS17-203
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law

Learning objectives

1. Students will assimilate and evaluate information about franchising from a range of sources. Students will gain an understanding of and structure of regulatory framework for the franchise sector in Australia. 2. Students will develop effective working capabilities and expand their knowledge of the topic through completing classwork in groups, evaluating and negotiating contracts and dispute resolution exercises. 3. Students will improve their oral skills by presenting to the class on a topic regarding franchising law and/or regulation. 4. Students will develop writing skills by writing a paper outlining and explaining the issues of their presentation topic. 5. Students will develop an appreciation of ethical issues involved in the practice of franchising.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):


Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Study Abroad OR Exchange Law Student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.