Course Title: Introduction to Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Law

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2235

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

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

HUSO2235

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

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

HUSO2237

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252537

Course Coordinator Email: michele.ruyters@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04.10


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


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.