Course Title: Law and Justice Policy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law and Justice Policy

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU2073

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

SOCU2073

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

SOCU2073

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

SOCU2243

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

SOCU2243

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Professor Rob Watts

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8247

Course Coordinator Email: rob.watts@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is a study of topical issues that affect law and criminal justice policy formation in Australia and internationally. You will consider creative solutions to problems in the criminal justice and legal areas as well as a range of possible reform options. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  1. Synthesise, rationalise, and communicate new scholarship and research to diverse professional and non-professional audiences 
  2. Use appropriate ethical ideas and reflective practice skills in addressing situations and problems in justice settings demonstrating cultural, social and environmental sensitivity 


Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Critically evaluate topical issues relating to the law and criminal justice
  2. Demonstrate creative initiative in formulating solutions to problems presented
  3. Critically appraise the influences on criminal law policy making processes with a focus on the balance between the rights of the individual, the state, and the community
  4. Debate the competing policy considerations that impact on reform in the criminal justice arena
  5. Summarise and evaluate the impact of global trends on criminal justice issues
  6. Evaluate a range of possible reform options  


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities online such as recorded lectures, online activities and individual research. 


Overview of Learning Resources

Resources will be available through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


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 Tasks 

    Assessment Task 1: Quizzes, 20%, CLO1 – CLO5 

    Assessment Task 2: Case Study, 50%, CLO3 and CLO4 

    Assessment Task 3: Policy Reform Proposal, 30%, CLO1, CLO2 and CLO6

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.