CRIM12005 - Community Justice Innovation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Innovation in the justice sector is increasingly sought at community level involving Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and community organisations as well as government agencies. Through this unit you will understand this new environment and the importance of therapeutic jurisprudence and restorative justice as ways of understanding how justice is achieved. You will develop skills in human centred design and systems thinking that will enable you to operate in this inter-agency collaborative environment. Concepts such as social innovation will aid you in becoming a catalyst for change, in developing sustainable solutions to justice problems and participating in the changes the justice sector is undergoing.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Case Study 30%
2. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 40%
3. Report 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 38.89% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student evaluation survey
I would rather have the Study Guide somehow in Moodle - maybe a moodle by itself. One tends to forget about it hidden away in the unit introduction.
UC will upload the study guide onto the each module in Moodle.
Action Taken
Each module has each study guide.
Source: Student evaluation survey
A more even focus across the community justice practices would be beneficial as it felt very repetitive with ~8 weeks focused on slightly different topics, but the same overarching topic of restorative justice, resulting in the community policing and therapeutic jurisprudence segments feeling rushed.
UC prefers maintaining the current unit structure because restorative justice has more discussion points than therapeutic jurisprudence and community policing because it is more widely practiced. To complement the lack of content on therapeutic jurisprudence and community policing, UC will add more teaching materials to Moodle. The teaching materials will be reviewed as pat of the 5 year review.
Action Taken
The UC maintained the unit structure. However, given the student feedback on the Useful Knowledge, the unit materials will be fine-tuned.
Source: Class discussion
Students enjoyed the interactive challenge activities during the live session.
The unit materials will be fine-tuned for the future iteration.
Action Taken
Source: Class discussion
Students found that the UC presented the course material in a manner that thoroughly elucidated all aspects, simplifying the process of learning, retaining, and applying the content to real-life situations.
The UC will add more materials to the unit contents for students' further learning.
Action Taken
Source: Class discussion
Students were interested in increasing the interactivity of tutorials by dedicating additional time to workshops within the lectures.
The UC will develop a better time management plan.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the human centred design approach to justice issues and innovations
  2. Demonstrate the importance of theories of therapeutic jurisprudence and restorative justice in the contemporary justice field
  3. Develop an innovative response to a justice challenge
  4. Evaluate the public value generated by different community justice programs
  5. Identify opportunities for change in the justice system that are located at the community level.

No external accreditation is relevant to this award.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Case Study
2 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
3 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10