Course Title: Foundations of Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Russell Solomon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8256

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 introduces the concept of ‘law’. You will learn about the legal principles, concepts, and structures that underpin the justice system in Australia. You will study theories of law and you will be encouraged to think critically about key socio-legal issues, locally and globally, including the intersection between law and philosophy, law and morality, law and politics, law and human rights, and law and ethics. You will also learn about legal research techniques as well as different approaches to interpreting and applying the law in practice. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  1. Use strategic, critical, creative, and analytical thinking to develop creative solutions to a range of dynamic problems associated with crime management and the justice system 
  2. Employ a wide range of research tools, methods and approaches to produce new knowledge of justice issues and guide policy development and inform decision making 

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. Evaluate key aspects of jurisprudential thinking and major ideas in the philosophy of law
  3. Use legal research methods to source information required in specific legal contexts
  4. Critique and apply methods of legal interpretation in a range of different justice contexts
  5. Identify, explain, and apply different types and sources of law to practical situations that arise in justice contexts

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities online such as recorded lectures, online activities and individual research. 

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: Test, 20%, CLO1 – CLO5 

    Assessment Task 2: Essay, 50%, CLO1 – CLO5 

    Assessment Task 3: Test, 30%, CLO1 – CLO5 

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.