Course Title: Introduction to Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252537

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


This is a first-year introductory core course in the Bachelor of Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology, and the Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the concept and role of law. You will explore law in its social context, examining how the law responds to different interests and emerging issues in a changing society. This course considers the nature of the rule of law and its relationship with morality, ethics, politics, human rights and decision making through a critical exploration of topical issues.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcome:  

  1. Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to crime management and criminal justice systems in local and international contexts. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

  1. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  2. Identify and critique various concepts, theories and elements of law 
  3. Critically analyse the institutions, organisations and dynamics that make, and influence, the law 
  4. Critique public decision-making about the law from political and legal perspectives 
  5. Discuss possibilities for law reform in considering solutions to legal problems. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through a blend of learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, videos and student led discussions. You will be encouraged to be creative and critical in your consideration of solutions to legal problems. Group work will offer the opportunity for you to develop deeper learning by sharing perspectives, clarifying and interpreting course material. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Tutorial activities, 20% CLO1-CLO3 

Assessment Task 2A: Critical Reading Checklist, 10%, 500 words, CLO 1 

Assessment Task 2B, Critical Review (1000 words) 25% CLO1  

Assessment Task 3: Essay, 45%, 1500 words CLO2 -CLO4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.