Course Title: Justice Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Justice Research Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Russell Solomon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8256

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

JUST2330 Applied Research in Criminological Settings should be completed before undertaking the Justice Research Project

Course Description

This course will enable you to engage in a research project based on an issue relating to the justice sector. It is designed as a capstone experience to enable you to synthesize and integrate knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of program learning outcomes.
Individually, or as part of a project team, you will identify, gather and utilise data and information to respond to a problem, need or industry issue. You will creatively explore real-world issues, simulating the role of policy worker or similar in the professional practice context.
The course provides an opportunity for you to more deeply investigate a particular area of scholarship and professional practice in the justice and criminology field.

You will integrate work-based learning and academic learning, which will allow you to solve authentic development problems or address real issues faced by institutions in the field of justice and criminology. It may be possible for you to align your project with your professional work if you are already employed in the sector, or to conduct the project in conjunction with an organisation that you have a relationship with. This needs to be approved by the course coordinator.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Plan, design and manage an applied research project within a justice context
  • Engage with appropriate professional and scholarly literature
  • Critically review and apply appropriate tools, methods and techniques in research design or in project planning and implementation
  • Apply appropriate research approaches and methods to respond to an authentic industry problem or address a contemporary issue faced in organisations
  • Present a project, justifying how this work informs your future professional practice as a leader in your field

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

  • Use strategic, critical, creative, and analytical thinking to develop creative solutions to a range of dynamic problems associated with crime management and the justice system
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories, principles, philosophies and recent developments in the justice sector, both locally and globally, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Employ a wide range of research tools, methods and approaches to produce new knowledge of justice issues and guide policy development and inform decision making
  • Synthesise, rationalise, and communicate new scholarship and research to diverse professional and non-professional audiences
  • Use a range of communication, conflict management, and leadership skills to work productively with a diverse range of people in justice environments, as well as within teams
  • 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

The course may be offered in either fully online and/or face to face modes.

You will participate in workshops/seminars through the semester as well as undertaking independent research activities. You will be actively engaged in learning that involves class discussion and peer critique.

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, including books, journal articles and web resources. An introductory overview of key literature, concepts and processes/methods relevant to your project and working with industry will be available as well as additional references are also provided to you if you wish to follow particular themes in more detail. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

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.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include a combination of presentations, individual and group participation as well as a research report.

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: