Course Title: Justice Innovation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Justice Innovation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Lola Akin Ojelabi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6063

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World; Technology, Ethics and the Law

Course Description

A range of new approaches to traditional legal problems are being introduced in the Australian civil and criminal justice system. These new methods are underpinned by a critical analysis of law and the legal system, and by theories of therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, and procedural justice. New strategies to address access to justice and appropriate dispute resolution are also emerging, and responding to the availability of new technologies. This course will engage with current social justice problems, and the development of legal policy and law reform, in order to explore the ways innovation is evolving in the Australian justice system. This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a simulated context. You will work with your peers to develop an innovative justice solution to a current social problem and. you will have the opportunity to connect with industry and/or community as part of this experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

CLO1: Evaluate aspects of the Australian justice system and suggest innovative solutions to assist court and community users;

CLO2: Critique central theories relevant to jurisprudence, legal innovation and reform;

CLO3: Demonstrate practical and communication skills required for innovative justice processes and practice.

CLO4: Reflect on justice theories and apply to innovations in the justice system;

CLO5: Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences, and collaborate effectively.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve its objectives this unit requires you to participate as an active learner. You will develop your knowledge and skills through both the course materials supplied and your own self-directed research and intellectual inquiry.  Together with industry partners you will engage in activities including reading and reflecting on key literature on legal theory and innovative justice options, engagement with specific social justice problems, and participating in group problem solving exercises and presentations. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through Canvas. You will also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips; and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

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

For further information and preparation for Work Integrated Learning, please visit

WILReady Cred for students:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 2, 4

Assessment Task 2 (WIL): 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 5

Assessment Task 3 (WIL): 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4 and 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.