Course Title: Justice Management Organisational Theory (Organisational Theory and practice in criminal justice)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Justice Management Organisational Theory (Organisational Theory and practice in criminal justice)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Marg Liddell

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2506

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.33

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no prerequisites for this course.  However it would be useful for you to have completed Justice Management 1&2.

Course Description

What is this course about? 

Justice Management 3 (Organisation theory and practice in criminal justice) aims to provide you with an understanding of (human service) organisations. This will be achieved by you developing an understanding of a criminal justice organisation that you have a specific interest in (through an internship or future place of employment or current employment). You will examine your organisations formulation, membership, structure, objectives and goals. You will consider both traditional and contemporary management theory and examine these as they relate to your chosen organisation. Contemporary management, with special emphasis on the criminal justice sector, will be examined in detail. Leadership and organisational behaviour will be considered with special emphasis on efficiency, effectiveness, gender, culture, change, consultation, values, ethics, accountability and project management.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of this course you will have enhanced your critical thinking skills and have developed significant knowledge of  essential management and behavioural issues that face criminal justice organisations.  You will have enhanced skills related to team work, understand the theoretical underpinnings of Criminal Justice organistions, their structure and behaviour related to ethics values and accounatbilities.  You will be challenged to consider your values and ethics and consider what skills you will bring to an organisation that you seek employment in.  You will become familiar with the role of consutation in leadership and will have developed skills in project managment.  You will also relate your studies of organiational behaviour to the organisation that you will choose to undertake your internship in or seek employment in. 

What can I expect to learn by studying this course?
At the completion of this course you will be expected to:

  • Have an awareness of the development of management theories and be able to examine these in light of current practice
  • Have basic knowledge and be able to critique organisational theories with reference to the criminal justice administration sector and issues that are current and topical
  • Examine and be able to describe the functions of management in relation to structure, gender, leadership, teamwork, authority and power, culture change and effectiveness
  • Have an understanding of the effect of globalisation on organisations structure and behaviour
  • Address the formal and informal processes of ensuring people in the organisation are informed about OHS and have opportunities to effectively participate in OHS processes via effective consultation
    • Contribute to procedures as individuals or as part of a group to raise OHS issues or request information and data;
    • Contribute to procedures for communicating OHS information and data;
    • Communicate OHS information and data and advice effectively to influence management decision making and action; and 
    • Contribute to maintaining arrangements
  • Contribute to the application of project management skills, including:
    • Plan, administer, monitor, finalise and review a project
    • Meet timelines
    • Maintain quality standards
    • Stay within budgetary limits
  • To be able to relate and critique the material in the course to the criminal justice organisation chosen for placement (Professional Internship) or current or (preferred) future place of employment.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will include a range of activities to enable you to engage with the course content which may be face-to-face or online activities:

  • Lectures
  • Videos
  • Small group discussion
  • Debates
  • Case studies/scenarios
  • Quiz

Overview of Learning Resources

What will I need to access and read for this course?
There is a set text for this course. Details of this will be available at the start of semester and the text will be made available on Library Reserve.

There are many texts on Organisations and Organisational Theory and Management in this library and your local library. A list of some of the reference material that will be used for the lectures will be provided in the first class for this course.
RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes and capabilities. The assessment tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Seminar presentations
  • Contributions to online discussion
  • Essays
  • Scenarios
  • Quiz’s

Assessment requirements including essay topics and due dates for all assessment tasks will be confirmed by the start of class and made available through myRMIT/studies.