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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252537

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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

In the course you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • critical analysis and problem solving
  • research literacy.

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

  1. Identify and critique various concepts, theories and elements of law

  2. Critically analyse the institutions, organisations and dynamics that make, and influence, the law

  3. Critique public decision-making about the law from political and legal perspectives

  4. Discuss possibilities for law reform in considering solutions to legal problems.

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 course material.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through the course Canvas site where you will be able to access a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources may include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. 

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 may include:

Task 1: Critical Review, 1200 words 35% CLOs  2-3.

Task 2: Essay.1500 words, 45% CLOs  1,2,4,

Task 3: Tutorial activities, 1000 words 20% CLOs 1- 4.

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 Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: