Course Title: Justice Innovation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Justice Innovation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Professor Bronwyn Naylor

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email: bronwyn.naylor@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World; Technology, Ethics and the Law


Course Description

A range of new approaches to traditional legal problems are being introduced in the Australian civil and criminal justice system. These new methods are underpinned by a critical analysis of law and the legal system, and by theories of therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, and procedural justice.  New strategies to address access to justice and appropriate dispute resolution are also emerging, and responding to the availability of new technologies.  This course will engage with current social justice problems, and the development of legal policy and law reform, in order to explore the ways innovation is evolving in the Australian justice system.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a simulated workplace context. You will work in partnership with industry and with your peers to develop a innovative justice solution to a current social problem. Feedback provided from industry and/or community is integral to the experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

CLO1: Evaluate aspects of the Australian justice system and suggest innovative solutions to assist court and community users;

CLO2: Critique central theories relevant to jurisprudence, legal innovation and reform;

CLO3: Apply relevant theories to develop legal policy proposals requiring exploration of innovations within the Australian justice system;

CLO4: Reflect on justice theories and apply to innovations in the justice system; 

CLO5: Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences, and collaborate effectively.

 

 


Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve its objectives this unit requires you to participate as an active learner. You will develop your knowledge and skills through both the course materials supplied and your own self-directed research and intellectual inquiry.  Together with industry partners you will engage in activities including reading and reflecting on key literature on legal theory and innovative justice options, engagement with specific social justice problems, and participating in group problem solving exercises and presentations. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through Canvas. You will also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips; and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

For further information and preparation for Work Integrated Learning, please visit https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/work-integrated-learning

WILReady Cred for students: https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/levels-of-study/short-courses/wil-ready


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - Reflection - 30% (CLOs: 2, 4)

Assessment Task 2* - Group presentation - 20% (CLOs: 1, 3, 5)

Assessment Task 3* - Policy brief - 50% (CLOs: 1, 2 and 3)

*This assessment contributes to your Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience.