Course Title: Discrimination Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Discrimination Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Anthony Forsyth

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0962

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13 Level 2

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

LAW1019 Introduction to Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

This course examines Australian discrimination law. The course considers federal and state discrimination law and demonstrates the way the law operates through the examination of relevant legislation and decided cases. A number of different grounds of discrimination are examined. These include sex discrimination, racial discrimination, disability discrimination and age discrimination.   A number of discrimination contexts are considered, including discrimination in employment, education and the provision of goods and services. Harassment and vilification are also considered, as well as the exceptions to the operation of discrimination laws.


In addition to the practical aspects of discrimination law, the course  provides an overview of the legal theory of discrimination law.  This includes an account of the history and philosophy of discrimination law.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

CLO1: Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of discrimination law and its theoretical underpinnings in Australia.

CLO2:  Critically analyse and research complex problems relating to discrimination law.

CLO3:  Draft legal advice to clients regarding discrimination law disputes.

CLO4.  Demonstrate skills in developing legal arguments and normative arguments.

CLO5:  Demonstrate high level verbal and written communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will engage in a series of seminars developing discussion, communication and teamwork skills.  Students will also be expected to utilise independent research skills when completing learning tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through the RMIT Canvas Portal.  These include seminar slides, interteaching questions, assessment details, links to relevant internet information, readings and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

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 tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 5

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Examination: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5

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.