Course Title: Criminal Justice Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Criminal Justice Systems

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2014


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Una Stone

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2799

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.12D

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will critique the foundational concepts, theories and approaches which underpin the justice sector including the three arms of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, adjudication, and corrective services. You will investigate services to minority groups as well as those over-represented in the justice systems. You will also consider and critically analyse policy development and implementation as it applies innovative justice approaches to improve client outcomes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • 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 advanced theories, principles, philosophies in the justice sector, both locally and globally, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice

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

  • Examine and assess the systemic nature of the criminal justice system, its agencies and their efficiency
  • Identify and critique a range of perspectives related to the history, development, purposes and functions of key criminal justice agencies
  • Investigate individual components within the criminal justice system, and their inter-dependent relationships in servicing specific client groups
  • Analyse contemporary developments in the criminal justice system and appraise the system’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe how criminal justice involves public policies that are developed within the political framework of the democratic process.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities online such as recorded lectures, online activities and individual research.

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, tests, 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: