Course Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Robin Cameron

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2721

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.09

Course Coordinator Availability:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will be introduced to the inter-disciplinary field of criminal justice and the three arms of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, adjudication, and corrective services.  You will study the history, purposes, policies, and functions of the public service agencies that make up the Australian criminal justice system as well as understanding how the criminal justice system and the laws it enforces are a function of government and the public policy decisions taken by representatives of government. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

a) Discuss the key processes and policies of the criminal justice system, its agencies and their efficiency as a key component of social governance;
b) Identify a range of perspectives related to the history, development, purposes and functions of key criminal justice agencies;
c) Investigate individual components within the criminal justice system, and their relationship to the other components that form this system;
d) Explain contemporary developments in the criminal justice system and evaluate these in respect to social justice outcomes;
e) Describe how criminal justice involves public policies that are developed within the political framework of the democratic process.

In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Informed professional practice
  • Ethical practice

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is designed to overview the Victoria and Australian criminal justice system, with a further aim of introducing the study of crime and criminal justice at RMIT and its connection to social justice outcomes. This course is delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, videos and student led discussions. Group work will offer the opportunity for you to develop deeper learning by sharing perspectives, clarifying and interpreting the material.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a Course Reader or textbook when prescribed and also will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the graduate capabilities. Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, assignment(s), presentations, on-line participation, tests, essays and/or an exam. Assessment tasks are designed so that you can demonstrate your knowledge and skills central to the study at hand. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises.

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: