JST110 Introduction to the Australian Legal System (8)


This subject provides a preliminary examination of the Australian Legal System and its institutions, with particular emphasis on social justice concepts, theories and historical analysis.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST110
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLAustralian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)
JST104 JST108

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the relationship between criminological and sociological theory and law;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to undertake legal research and writing;
  • be able to describe the evolution of the Australian Legal System and Institutions;
  • be able to identify the workings and issues of the Australian social justice institutions;
  • be able to describe and discuss the relationship between law, ethics and morality within the social and criminal justice context;
  • able to demonstrate a growing professional awareness by being professional in all communications and conduct with academic staff and other students, and through presentation of assignments


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Topics such as fundamental legal concepts, a history of Australian law, historical and legal development in official policies relating to indigenous peoples: exclusion and inclusion, the Australian legal system and institutions, Australian courts and precedent, introduction to the criminal law, introduction to the civil law, enforcement facilitators, law and power. Marxist legal theory, critical legal studies, postmodern legal theory, feminist legal theories, critical race theory, social justice institutions, international and transnational law will be covered.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.