Course Title: Civil Obligations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Civil Obligations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Rajesh Sharma

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2855

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed Introduction to Law HUSO2235 or its equivalent before you commence this course. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

This course examines private rights and obligations. You will learn about the fundamental principles of contract law, torts law, property law and equity. Torts covered in this course will include torts to the person and to land, nuisance, defamation and negligence. You will study solutions to civil law problems including breaches of statutory, contractual, tortious and equitable obligations. In particular, you will apply your knowledge and skills to legal problem solving and legal reasoning in real world contexts. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

1. Apply a body of professional, theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to the socio-legal field and primary dispute resolution processes 

2. Apply critically reflective thought and analytical thinking to problems related to social-legal issues and dispute resolution in local and international contexts   

3. Assist in the identification of needs and the design and planning of research in the socio-legal field

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

1. Analyse the fundamental principles and concepts of civil law through the use of case law and statute law 

2. Identify and appraise rights and obligations created by civil law in real world contexts 

3. Draw on civil law principles and rules in the practice of problem solving and hypothesise outcomes 

4. Evaluate factual problems and determine appropriate remedies 

5. Formulate and debate theoretical and practical criticisms of civil law concepts 

6. Apply legal research techniques to a range of different problems and scenarios 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which include interactive workshop activities, role plays, problem solving, guest speakers, presentations, videos, online media and activities and student lead discussions. 

Overview of Learning Resources

There may be a prescribed text for this course. 

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: Test, 20%, CLO1, CLO3, CLO4 and CL6 

Assessment Task 2: Essay, 40%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO5 and CLO6 

Assessment Task 3: Essay, 40%, CLO1, CLO3, CLO4 and 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.