Course Title: Work with culturally diverse clients within justice environments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: JUST5721

Course Title: Work with culturally diverse clients within justice environments

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5315 - Diploma of Justice

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Successful completion of, or demonstrated equivalence to, the following units of competency:

VU20868 Apply foundation legal principles
VU20869 Work within the criminal justice system
VU20870 Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment
VU20871 Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework
PSPOHS401B Implement workplace safety procedures and programs
PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service

And ONE of the following electives:

VU20867 Support policing processes within justice environment contexts
CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to develop effective strategies for working with culturally diverse clients in a justice environment. It covers researching causes and effects of diversity and developing strategies to foster culturally inclusive practice within justice environments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20863 Work with culturally diverse clients within justice environments


1. Review concepts of culture and of cultural diversity

Performance Criteria:

The concept of culture and its components are defined 1.2 An analysis is conducted to identify how cultural background can influence interpretation given to the behaviour of someone from another cultural background 1.3 Institutional, cultural and individual racism aspects are examined 1.4 The processes that originate, maintain and reinforce instances of racism in their various manifestations are analysed 1.5 Views of what constitutes the Australian identity are outlined


2. Research the historical and contemporary contexts of culture and cultural groups in Australia

Performance Criteria:

Common characteristics of Aboriginal culture before the arrival of Europeans are identified 2.2 The impact of European invasion on the Aboriginal population in Australia and in comparable societies is evaluated 2.3 An analysis is undertaken to identify the structures of disadvantage and discrimination manifested through dispossession, subjugation, and white supremacy. 2.4 The 'protectionist' Government policies towards Aboriginal people from 1788 to 1950's are investigated 2.5 Contemporary government policy responses in redressing racist practices are identified 2.6 The significance of the Mabo judgement is analysed and the current state of progress in Aboriginal/White reconciliation is analysed


3. Develop strategies for culturally inclusive practice in a justice environment

Performance Criteria:

The types and volumes of migration in 19th century colonial Australia are identified 3.2 The reasons for Australia's monocultural society during 1901 to 1947 is outlined and the effects of the White Australia Policy are analysed 3.3 The reasons for massive post-war immigration are outlined, and its effects on both for the migrants and for Australia are examined 3.4 The stages of Government policy responses towards migrants are outlined

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
• Develop, practice and review culturally aware, respectful and competent strategies for working with a range of clients from culturally diverse backgrounds
• Provide evidence of knowledge of relevant legislation, provisions and regulatory requirements
• Provide evidence of knowledge of theories, debates and models about cultural diversity and inclusion that inform contemporary practice and process

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, role-plays, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1

Introduction to cultural diversity and examination of institutional, and individual racism.

Week 2

Cultural diversity in the context of nationality, gender, religion, age and sexuality is examined.

Week 3

Examination of what constitutes the Australian identity and introduction of the impact of European invasion on Aboriginal population in Australia and in comparable societies.

Week 4

An analysis of structural disadvantage resulting from colonisation, disposession and white supremacy.

Week 5

Oral presentation analysing an issue related to cultural diversity in Australia outlining the Government’s and the community’s response.

Week 6

The impact of the Mabo judgement and the current state of reconciliation.

An analysis of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in custody and current barriers faced by Aboriginal and migrant groups

Week 7

Migration patterns from 19th century to present date are analysed.

Week 8

Government policies related to monuculture and multiculturalism are examined.

Week 9

The common stages of ’culture shock,’ and the process of acculteration are examined.

Week 10

Presentation of interview with a person from a cultural and linguistically diverse background.

Week 11

An analysis of Pluralism in Australia in the context of problems and barriers faced by people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

An analysis of the media perception of particular migrant groups and links to crime.

Week 12

The difference between an individualistic and collectivist society.

Week 13

Anti- discrimination laws, anti-vilification laws and the Victorian Charter of Human Rights are examined.

Week 15

The impact of globalism on Australia’s economic trade and immigration policies is examined.

Week 16

Homophobia and other negative behaviours and attitudes are examined.

Week 17

Structural inequalities in terms of social economic health and legal contexts are examined

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students are provided resources and readings related to coursework via ’Blackboard’ and in class



Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including role plays, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, reports, essay, and audio-visual presentations.

Assessment Tasks


Formative in class group assessments based on the performance criteria of the applicable elements that form part of the instructional process.  They are designed to provide students with useful feedback in class on their progress to adjust their learning and level of understanding in applying the principles of cultural diversity in the context of the justice environment.  The formative assessment tasks are conducted in weeks 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 16 linked to summative assessments 1, 2 and 3.


There are three assessable tasks to be completed:

· Interview with a CALD person (graded Summative assessment - 40%) Due 8/9/2017

· Development of a cultural plan for a CALD person (graded Summative assessment - 30%) Due 29/9/2017

·Group debate (individual grade) on a topic to be selected by the candidates related to justice, diversity and culture (graded Summative assessment - 30%) Due 24/10/2017


Summative assessments 1 and 2 will follow the requirements of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities by integrating theories related to culture and diversity and their application in practice. 

The assessments are aligned to course learning outcomes and program objectives.   As part of the development, stakeholders have been consulted to ensure that assessments incorporate knowledge and skills required for working with CALD clients in the justice environment.  The WIL activities will be assessed in line with the University’s assessment policy.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment has been designed to cover all learning outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT University’s Mark Table 7 which is as follows:

HD 80 – 100
D 70 - 79
C 60 - 69
PA 50 - 59
NN 0 - 49


Other Information


All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.

Other Information

In accordance with RMIT policy, you may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
You must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Penalties for Late Submission
For assignments 1 to 10 days late, a penalty of 10% (of the marks awarded) per day will apply. For assignments more than 10 days late, a penalty of 100% will apply. Weekend days (Saturday and Sunday) are considered when counting total late days for electronic submissions but not for hardcopy submissions.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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