GD137 - Graduate Diploma in Justice and Criminology

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Plan: GD137P14 - Graduate Diploma in Justice and Criminology
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

Courses will use a variety of learning and teaching approaches including seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials, industry-based presentations, problem-based learning, presentations, group-based learning, independent research, reflective learning techniques and case studies.  Some core and elective courses are available as a hybrid of face to face and online learning and a small number are available fully online.  Learning activities are designed to assist you develop knowledge and skills relevant to the program, and you will be required to participate in different methods of collaboration/communication through verbal, written and internet.  You may be able to undertake field projects, and design, implement and evaluate your own projects as well as simulated activities representing real work place scenarios. Many courses in the program have a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) component that will provide you with vocational knowledge and experiences that will develop your skills for working in the criminal justice sector.

Your assessment is designed to complement your teaching and learning experience, and your skills and knowledge will be assessed through a range of assessment tasks that include essay writing, report  and project writing, class presentations, group work, on-line discussion and other on-line activities, case studies, problem solving and analysis, industry-based assessment, and examinations.

Most of the assessment you undertake will be designed so that your lecturer and peers can provide you with ongoing feedback on strengths and areas for improvement in your learning. This approach will enable you to improve on your performance during the program, as well as continue to refine capabilities for your future professional practice and learning after graduation.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate variations to aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Service Unit ( if you would like to find out more. 

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with
professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities; complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; 

and in addition:

  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.


Any or all of these aspects of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.

The specific WIL courses in this program is:


  • BUSM3206 Justice Management


The integration of work-based learning and academic learning will allow you to solve authentic workplace problems and address real issues faced in organisations. Group projects and/or industry placements will enhance and develop your knowledge and skills in a work context and you can expect to receive industry feedback.

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:

All courses listed may not be available each semester


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Year One of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code


Criminal Justice Systems12JUST2313City Campus
Foundations of Law12JUST2314City Campus
Criminological Theory12SOCU2221City Campus
Policy Making12POLI1052City Campus
Justice Management12BUSM3206City Campus
Applied Research in Criminological Settings12JUST2330City Campus
Global Crime12SOCU2236City Campus
Select and Complete One (1) of the Justice Studies Option Courses or an alternative negotiated with the Program Manager. Please refer to the list of Justice Studies Option Courses at the end of this program structure.
Justice Studies Option Courses

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code


Alternative Dispute Resolution12HWSS2214City Campus
Assess and Manage Risk in Criminal Justice12JUST2306City Campus
Case Management Practice12SOCU2115City Campus
Civil Law12JUST2317City Campus
Civil Procedure12SOCU2270City Campus
Community Based Corrections12JUST2310City Campus
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems12HUSO2224City Campus
Contemporary Sentencing12JUST2290City Campus
Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society12INTE2400City Campus
Crime Science12SOCU2266City Campus
Criminal Law12HUSO2371City Campus
Criminal Investigation and Procedure12JUST2319City Campus
Crimes of the Powerful12JUST2332City Campus
Customs and Border Security12JUST2301City Campus
Deviance, Control and Conflict12HUSO2369City Campus
Drug Related Crime12HUSO2227City Campus
Evidence and Proof in Litigation12JUST2321City Campus
Evidence and Advocacy12JUST2320City Campus
Family, Society and the Law12SOCU2271City Campus
Forensic Interviewing12JUST2322City Campus
Forensic Studies12ONPS2185City Campus
Foundations of Policing12JUST2253City Campus
From Investigation to Prosecution12JUST2304City Campus
Information, Law and Society12HUSO2370City Campus
International Policing12JUST2247City Campus
Justice and Legal Field Project12HWSS2185City Campus
Labour Relations Law12JUST2318City Campus
Miscarriages of Justice12JUST2343City Campus
The Practice of Mediation12HWSS2215City Campus
Preventing Violence Against Women.12JUST2344City Campus
Professional Internship12HWSS2186City Campus
Research Strategies - Social Sciences12HUSO2079City Campus
Responding to Family Violence: In Justice and Community Settings12JUST2342City Campus
Security and Criminal Intelligence12JUST2259City Campus
Sex, Gender and Justice12JUST2335City Campus
The Sociology of Drug Use12HUSO2372City Campus
Sociology of Law12SOCU2272City Campus
Terrorism and Society12POLI1060City Campus
Therapeutic Jurisprudence12JUST2308City Campus
Understanding Conflict and Mediation12HWSS2216City Campus
Victimology12HUSO2233City Campus
Welfare Law12SOCU2273City Campus
Women and International Justice12HUSO2256City Campus
Youth Justice Systems12HWSS2116City Campus

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Program transition plan

In 2018, the program structure for the Graduate Diploma in Justice and Criminology is being updated. All students will be enrolled in the updated program structure effective Semester 1, 2018.

All students are welcome to individual academic advisement and confirmation of your requirements for completion of the program. Please contact the Program Manager or to arrange this.

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