Course Title: Introduction to Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Law

Credit Points: 12

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


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252537

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04.10

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you are introduced to key features of the Australian legal system. You will explore some major issues in jurisprudence by studying law in its social context, and examining the relationship between law and philosophy, morality, politics and economics. Topical current issues will be used as case studies to develop your ability to ascertain relevant and appropriate law in a given area.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • interpret and use scholarly and professional terminology related to the law
  • discuss key aspects of jurisprudential thinking 
  • identify appropriate methods and carry out fundamental legal research
  • compare various types of law, the political and legal nature of decision-making and judicial reasoning
  • discuss possibilities for law reform in considering solutions to legal problems,
  • critically analyse methods of legal interpretation

In the course you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • critical analysis and problem solving
  • research literacy

Overview of Learning Activities

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 the material.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a Course Reader or textbook when prescribed and also will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the graduate capabilities. Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, assignment(s), presentations, on-line participation, tests, essays and/or an exam. Assessment tasks are designed so that you can demonstrate your knowledge and skills central to the study at hand. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises.

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.