Course Title: Innovative Justice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Innovative Justice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Tina Popa

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 0128

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Introduction to Australian Legal System and Legal Method LAW 1019

Course Description

New ways of approaching traditional legal problems are being introduced into Australian civil and criminal justice systems. These new methods are underpinned by theories of procedural justice, restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence, and by the availability of new technology. New strategies to address access to justice, appropriate dispute resolution and the rise of self-represented litigants are also emerging. An understanding of the development of legal policy and the role policy can play in law reform is valuable when considering innovation in the justice system. The course will explore research methods that provide analysis of data to engage with law reform.  You will conduct a research project to explore the ways innovations are developed in the Australian Justice System and critically engage with issues of legal principle and policy central to developing innovative solutions to justice challenges. The course will require you to undertake research of a postgraduate standard and further develop your skills in legal methodology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


CLO1: Critically evaluate aspects of the Australian Justice System and suggest innovative solutions to assist court and community users

CLO2: Apply and evaluate research methods to research legal problems.  

CLO3: Demonstrate intellectual skills in research to critically evaluate legal problems and develop legal policy through exploration of innovations within the Australian Justice System.

CLO4: Demonstrate effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences when engaging with a practical policy simulation.

CLO5: Design and plan a project, including development and testing of research questions, and obtaining and assimilating scholarly material from a range of sources to produce a substantial contribution to research.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a series of workshops developing research, presentation and teamwork skills. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT Library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

There are three assessment tasks:

Assessment Task

Weighting (%)

Linked CLOs

Task 1 


1, 2, 3, 5

Task 2 


1, 3, 4, 5

Task 3 


1, 2, 3, 5