Course Title: Community Based Corrections

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Community Based Corrections

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Marietta Martinovic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2393

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.8

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the application of community-based corrections as it applies to individuals placed on a non-custodial sentence in the courts or who have been given on parole after a custodial sentence. You will examine the origins and the development of community based corrections and the social, cultural and political issues that impact on the community correctional system.

You will examine the use of community corrections for a diverse range of populations and contexts and explore the effectiveness of specific community-based rehabilitative programs. You will critically analyse the roles and case management of community based officers and the current state and possible future direction of community corrections in Australia.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

• Describe and critically discuss the concept of community corrections.
• Explain different applications of community based corrections to the law and criminal justice system.
• Debate the role of community corrections officers and allied criminal justice agents.
• Describe and reflect on contemporary issues relating to community corrections.
• Analyse national and international perspectives and law reform relating to community based corrections.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning experiences, including: lectures, guest seminars, group problem solving exercises and individual activities. The problem solving exercises and individual activities in particular develop your critical thinking, drawing on knowledge and frameworks offered in the lectures and seminars.

Your learning will be supported by constructive participation in group discussions, and through engaging with readings, and diverse in class and/or online exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

You have access to extensive course materials accessible through myRMIT Studies, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes.
A range of assessment tasks will be utilised and may include essay, role play, presentation, group work, tests and online activities.

  • 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.
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