Course Title: Policy for Justice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Policy for Justice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Russell Solomon

Course Coordinator Phone: 99258256

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact through Canvas

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

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 include:

Assessment  Weighting  Course Learning Objectives (CLOs)
  Assessment task 1 – Policy Report 50%  1, 2 & 5
  Assessment task 2 – Policy Proposal  50%  2, 3, 4

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 Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: