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 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Rajesh Sharma

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2855

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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

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

  • Analyse the fundamental principles and concepts of civil law through the use of case law and statute law;
  • Identify and appraise rights and obligations created by civil law in real world contexts;
  • Draw on civil law principles and rules in the practice of problem solving and hypothesise outcomes
  • Evaluate factual problems and determine appropriate remedies
  • Formulate and debate theoretical and practical criticisms of civil law concepts;
  • Apply legal research techniques to a range of different problems and scenarios

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • 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
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on advanced theories, principles, philosophies in the justice sector, both locally and globally, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Employ a wide range of research tools, methods and approaches in the investigation of justice related problems

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is generally delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which include lectures, seminars, problem solving, guest speakers presentations, case studies, videos, online activities, and student lead discussions. The course may be delivered online.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. There may be a prescribed text for this course.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include examinations, tests, team work, problem solving tasks, moot courts and role playing, presentations and essay writing. 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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: