Course Title: Law and Justice Policy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law and Justice Policy

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2073

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

SOCU2073

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017

SOCU2073

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

SOCU2243

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

SOCU2243

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: James Rowe

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2319

Course Coordinator Email: james.rowe@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is a study of topical issues that affect law and criminal justice policy formation in Australia and internationally. You will consider creative solutions to problems in the criminal justice and legal areas as well as a range of possible reform options.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  1. Critically evaluate topical issues relating to the law and criminal justice
  2. Demonstrate creative initiative in formulating solutions to problems presented
  3. Critically appraise the influences on criminal law policy making processes with a focus on the balance between the rights of the individual, the state, and the community
  4. Debate the competing policy considerations that impact on reform in the criminal justice arena
  5. Summarise and evaluate the impact of global trends on criminal justice issues
  6. Evaluate a range of possible reform options 


At the completion of this subject, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Apply knowledge effectively in a criminal justice environment
  • Problem solving and critical analysis
  • Professional skills and ethical action


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

A textbook or case book may be prescribed for this course. 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 against the program capabilities. Assessment may include essays, policy projects, online assessment tasks, threaded discussions. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include essays, policy projects, online assessment tasks, threaded discussions. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.