Course Title: Law and Justice Policy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law and Justice Policy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Juliana Ryan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253645

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have completed Introduction to Law or its equivalent

Course Description

In this course you will explore a range of issues that affect justice policy in Australia, and internationally, through topical case studies, policy analysis and critique. You will evaluate influences and sources of justice policy through examination of core concepts such as justice and equality in the legal context. You will also debate the different perspectives and considerations that shape justice policy to evaluate reform options. You will consider policymaking as a process of effecting change in a dynamic social context and will use policy analysis tools to interpret, critique and develop justice policy in a professional context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of this subject, you will be expected to:

  1. Evaluate topical issues relating to law, policy and justice
  2. Analyse and critically assess the influences of politics, law and language on justice policy with a focus on balancing the rights of the individual, and the interests of the state and the community
  3. Debate the competing perspectives and policy considerations that impact on reform in the justice arena and evaluate a range of possible reform options
  4. Apply policy analysis tools to interpret and critique particular policies that relate to justice and present your findings in a professional context
  5. Evaluate the impact of global trends on topical justice issues.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is offered face to face through a weekly one hour lecture (recorded) and two hour workshop. Lectures will introduce weekly topics and key concepts. In workshops you will have the opportunity to explore the weekly topics and concepts in further depth through topical case studies and scenarios. Workshop activities will focus on collaboration to develop the knowledge and skills needed to interpret, analyse, evaluate and develop public policy through problem definition and representation, analysis and recommendations for reform. By completing related assessment tasks you will develop professional knowledge and skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

Texts and collections of reading material will be prescribed when appropriate. Learning resources will also be available through the distributed learning system while relevant legislation and other specified material may be accessed via the World Wide Web. Specific details of learning resources may be found in Part B of this guide.

Overview of Assessment

The three assessment tasks are related, with each building on the previous, and all three pieces combining in in a policy proposal which forms the final assessment task. Feedback at each stage will help to inform further development.


  Assessment  Weighting  Course Learning Objectives (CLOs)
  Assessment task 1 – Report (1500 words 25%  1, 2 & 5
  Assessment task 2 – Policy analysis (1000 words) 35%  2, 3, 4
  Assessment task 3 – Policy proposal (1000 words) 40%  1-5