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,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2024


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


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:   

BP023 Bachelor of Criminal Justice: 

PLO2: Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to crime management and criminal justice systems in local and international contexts.  

BP204 Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies: 

PLO2: Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to crime management and criminal justice systems in local and international contexts.  

PLO5: Assist in the identification of needs and the design and planning  of research in the socio-legal field 


BP295 Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Psychology): 

PLO2: Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on  key concepts and contemporary issues within Criminology in local and international contexts.  

PLO3: Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of Criminological problems or issues associated with crime management and the justice system 


BP295P16 Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology: 

PLO2: Identify and examine contemporary Criminological issues of local and global significance. 

PLO6: Demonstrate logical, critical and creative thinking to propose solutions to a range of Criminological and criminal justice problems. 


BP322 Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies : 

PLO2: Engage responsibly and ethically in professional relationships, whilst attending to the wide range of complex issues regarding young people and other key stakeholders, in the execution of your duty of care  

PLO4: Apply logic, creativity and criticality to conceptualise the agency of young people in navigating their social, cultural, political, economic, spatial and temporal dimensions of citizenship  

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

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: Statutory Interpretation, 30% CLO 1-3

Assessment Task 2: Case investigation, 40% CLO 1-4

Assessment Task 3: Critical Review, 30% CLO 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

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