JST201 Criminal Law and Process (8)


This subject introduces the student to the major areas of substantive criminal law in New South Wales and to the skills of legal analysis. The requirements for criminal liability in homicide, assault (including sexual assault), larceny and public order offences and inchoate crimes are reviewed along with criminal defences

+ 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: JST201
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

Assumed Knowledge

JST110 or JRN101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the criminal law in New South Wales; how criminal liability arises; available defences and the legal requirements for conviction;
  • be able to explain and analyse the relationship between the criminal law and other branches of the law as systems of social control;
  • be able to describe the process of criminal justice;
  • be able to identify the ways in which law responds to particular social problems;
  • be able to demonstrate critical awareness of the problems connected to the imposition of law;
  • be able to demonstrate basic skills of legal analysis and research.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Criminal Law; historical overview; criminal prosecution process in New South Wales; the New South Wales court structure; doctrines of criminal responsibility; mens rea, actus reus and voluntariness; strict and absolute liability; assault and sexual assault; domestic violence; apprehended violence provisions of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW); homicide; defences; public order offences; larceny and other crimes against property; attempt, complicity and conspiracy.


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.