Course Title: Corrections

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Corrections

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Marietta Martinovic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2393

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is about the punishment of offenders. You will learn about the origin and purpose of punishment, the development and operation of prisons, and community based sanctions. You will also study current directions in Corrections Victoria as well as comparative and new approaches in Corrections generally. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  • Assist in the identification of needs and the planning of research in the criminal justice field

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Appraise the competing purposes of corrections;
  2. Describe the origins of corrections and penology;
  3. Debate the administration, the complex reality and the more general impact of prisons;
  4. Distinguish the historical and current operation of community based corrections;
  5. Critically analyse correctional policy in Victoria, and reflect on and critique comparative and novel perspectives in corrections 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through a blend of learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, videos and student led discussions. Group work will offer the opportunity for you to develop deeper learning by sharing perspectives, clarifying and interpreting the material 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a Course Reader or textbook when prescribed and online learning tools and content through the Canvas student portal,myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Task1: Major essay (2000 words) – Total 40% CLO1, CLO3, CLO5 

Task 2: Participation in 1 debate (held in the tutorials) – Total 30% CLO1-CLO5

Task 3: Online quizzes (on Canvas) – Total 30% CLO1-CLO5

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.