Course Title: Corrections

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Corrections

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Marietta Martinovic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2393

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is about the punishment of offenders. You will learn about the origin and purpose of punishment, the development and operation of prisons, and community based sanctions. You will also study current directions in Corrections Victoria as well as comparative and new approaches in Corrections generally.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  1. Appraise the competing purposes of corrections;
  2. Describe the origins of corrections and penology;
  3. Debate the administration, the complex reality and the more general impact of prisons;
  4. Distinguish the historical and current operation of community based corrections;
  5. Critically analyse correctional policy in Victoria, and reflect on and critique comparative and novel perspectives in corrections

In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Informed professional practice
  • Reflective practice
  • Communication

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which include seminars, lectures and tutorials, case studies, videos, student lead discussions, online tutorial activities and visits to criminal justice agencies.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include essays, presentations, group work, and examination. 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:  


Detailed instructions about these assessment tasks are located in Canvas.

 Assessment Weighting Course Learning Objectives
 Assessment task 1 - essay  50% Assesses CLOs 1-5
 Assessment task 2 - debates  40% Assesses CLOs  1, 3-5
 Assessment task 3 - peer review  10% Assesses CLOs  1-5