Course Title: Field Education (Legal and Dispute Studies)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Field Education (Legal and Dispute Studies)

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Una Stone

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2799

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.20

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The Field Education course provides an opportunity for you to prepare for, and reflect on, your transition from university into your future professional career. You will have the opportunity to work in a range of community, public sector and corporate organizations, to be negotiated between you, university and organizations with available placements.You will experience the work environment under the supervision of an approved field tutor. The experience gained should assist you to make informed choices with respect to employment at the end of your studies. You will also gain expertise in completing job applications and an appreciation of workplace OH&S issues. The course is designed to provide you with experience in the application, development critical reflection of the ideas, skills and graduate capabilities you have gained through your program. It will also help you to critically evaluate professional practices and organizational demands, in light of your own professional skills, ideas and values. 

The course may involve university or work place seminars and you will be visited by Justice and Legal program staff. You are expected to complete 50 days on placement with an approved organisation. Variations to this requirements, such as to undertake a project in your own workplace, must be negotiated with the Justice and Legal studies WIL Co-ordinator.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Describe and analyse the specific field of professional practice in which you were placed;
  • Explain the organisational structure and administrative processes of the work place;
  • Summarise the purpose and the activities of the relevant organisation and compare the roles that their employees play in the administration of justice;
  • Identify, critically assess, and practice opportunities for learning and self-improvement;
  • Critique and apply career development skills;
  • Relate theory and practice in your work environment;
  • Evaluate the suitability of the organisation as a potential employer;
  • Use high level written and verbal communication skills relevant to the chosen workplace; and,
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge gained in professional practice;

Cert IV OH&S competencies in this course include:

  • Investigate incidents for prevention;
  • Access existing sources for information and data entry to identify hazards;
  • Conduct hazard identification;
  • Assess risk; and,
  • Participate in the implementation process.

Overview of Learning Activities

Guidance from the Justice and Legal studies WIL Co-ordinator will be provided through our online systems including blackboard and email. Learning activities will involve a supervised placement in a relevant organization.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The primary source of information and resources will be myRMIT. Please check this at least weekly for updates. All forms and assessment guidelines will be posted here. You will also be expected to examine organisational documents whilst on placement to gain a broader understanding of the organisation and workforce. Email is another primary method of communication. Please check your RMIT email at least every two days.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may vary depending on the organisation in which the student is doing their placement. Assessment will include preparation of job applications, peer reviews, quizzes, presentations, and interviews. 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.
  • 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: