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


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,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Juliana Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253645

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04.05

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. The central themes in this course are 'what is law?' and 'how does law work in contemporary Australian society?'





Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • discuss key aspects of jurisprudential thinking 
  • critique the political and legal nature of decision-making and judicial reasoning
  • discuss possibilities for law reform in considering solutions to legal problems,
  • critically analyse the institutions, organisations and dynamics that make, and influence, the law
  • identify and analyse conflicting points of view.
  • Identify and critique various concepts, theories and elements of law

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.