Course Title: Justice Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Justice Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

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


Course Description

In this course you will critique contemporary concepts and approaches in human resource management relevant to the justice sector. This will involve critical analysis of justice management models used in the justice sector both nationally and internationally. You will develop an appreciation of the challenges faced by justice managers in effectively leading staff in hierarchical organisations, which are common in the justice sector. Command and span of control will be examined, as will compliance with laws associated with human resource management and leadership. You will also need to be cognisant of  issues pertaining to organisational culture and change. The development of strategies and techniques to support staff welfare and resilience in coping with traumatic events and exposure to violent situations will also be addressed.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  • Critically appraise and apply relevant theories, approaches and laws associated with justice sector human resource management to gain a deeper appreciation for the complexity of the role of managers in the justice sector.
  • Reflect on the impact of human resource management and leadership practices in the justice sector
  • Compare and contrast key national and international management theories and practices and identify and evaluate the approach best suited to various situations
  • Analyse and describe the ways in which justice sector management is influenced by structure, gender, leadership, teamwork, authority and power, culture change, trauma, resilience and effectiveness


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Use a range of communication, conflict management and teamwork skills to work productively with a diverse range of people in justice environments
  • Use appropriate ethical ideas and reflective practice skills in addressing situations and problems in justice settings demonstrating cultural, social and environmental sensitivity


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and/or online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research. Please note that 6 classes will be delivered face to face and 6 will be delivered online.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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 reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. 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: