Course Title: Jurisprudence

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Jurisprudence

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 2 2024


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law




Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Dr James Stewart

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 0814

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13 Level 2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

Jurisprudence is the study of the phenomenon of law. While it is primarily law’s self-understanding, it involves interdisciplinary study of law as well. The course analyses and considers the implications of the different understandings and approaches.

The course will introduce you to the great thinkers and ideas about law. It provides a survey of their ideas and approaches and critical analysis of those ideas and approaches. It also provides in depth analysis of contemporary and popular ideas and critiques of law. As law is a global phenomenon the course will examine thinkers and ideas from a variety of countries and eras. At the conclusion of this course, students will have developed a deeper, critical and more comprehensive appreciation of the nature of law and the legal system, as well as a better understanding of the role of law (and hence lawyers) in society. The course will provide an opportunity for students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as communication skills through class/online activities, as well as learning and assessment tasks.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the political, social, historical, philosophical, and economic context of law.
  2. Engage in identification, articulation and critical evaluation of legal theory and the implications for policy.
  3. Critically analyse and research complex problems relating to law and legal theory and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives.
  4. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal theory.
  5. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.