Course Title: Miscarriages of Justice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Miscarriages of Justice

Credit Points: 12.00



Course Coordinator: Gregory Stratton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3201

Course Coordinator Email: gregory.stratton@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Nil


Course Description

This course offers an understanding of factors that lead to miscarriages of justice within Australian and international criminal justice systems. These include factors related to the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases, the use of forensic science, populism and criminal justice policy, and appeal and post-conviction review processes. You will consider socio-cultural and socio-economic factors that contribute to miscarriages of justice, the impact of miscarriages of justice on victims and families.  You will evaluate options for reform.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

 

CLO 1: Identify and assess the organisational and individual causes of miscarriages of justice

 

CLO 2: Demonstrate your understanding of causal factors through critical analysis of identified and potential cases of miscarriage of justice

 

CLO 3: Critically evaluate existing review structures



In the course you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

 

      Culturally & socially aware

 

      Environmentally aware & responsible

 

      Global in outlook & competence

 



Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive workshop activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures, guest speakers and online media.

 

In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the weekly reading materials. The workshops offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations.

 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through weekly set readings, available online via the course site and RMIT Library, as well as a wide range of online learning resources and extended content. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

 


Overview of Assessment

 

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through weekly set readings, available online via the course site and RMIT Library, as well as a wide range of online learning resources and extended content. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.


Assessment

Assessment Type

Word limit or equivalent

Assessment one

Case analysis (40%), Due Week 6.

Assesses CLO 1 and 2.

1400 words

Assessment two

In-Class Presentation (10%), throughout weeks’ 7 to 12 of semester. Assesses CLO 1, 2 and 3.

800 words (equivalent)

Assessment three

Research Essay (50%), Due Week 13. Assesses CLO 1, 2 and 3.

1800 words

Assessment will include:



You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.


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.


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Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca