Course Title: Information Law and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Information Law and Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Binoy Kampmark

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2174

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 considers the way jurisdictions in Australia deal with information, be it the private information of the citizen, or the information in possession by states and corporations. You will be introduced to a range of legal and policy mechanisms that test the nature of how information and data (personal, security, commercial, legal) is treated, when it might be used in courts, corporations and the state, how this information can be accessed and the ethical dilemmas associated with that access.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  1. Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to social-legal issues and dispute resolution in local and international contexts  
  2. Reflect on and implement ethical practice and social responsibility in diverse international and cross cultural settings 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Analyse and synthesise selected areas of law relating to  information
  2. Apply relevant state, federal and international laws in problem solving 
  3. Critique the law from a range of perspectives
  4. Explain the broader socio-legal implications of handling and accessing information 
  5. Evaluate a range of possible reform options and identify and reflect upon ethical dilemmas that may arise in practice;
  6. Apply creative initiative in formulating solutions to legal problems on information law. 

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. The course may be delivered online in modules. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources will be available 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: Essay, 40% CLO1- CLO6 

    Assessment Task 2: Debate, 20%, CLO1 -CLO4  

    Assessment Task 3: Exam, 40%, CLO1- CLO6 

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