JST339 Sentencing Law and Practice (8)


The subject will provide an overview of sentencing law and the principles that underlie sentencing legislation. Students will be introduced to the major theories and paradigms that dominate sentencing practice in the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the different types of sentences that can be passed down by the courts; this includes sentence such as fines, community service, court orders, treatment orders, community corrections, restorative justice, incarceration and diversion. Students will look at the impact of sentencing practices on people, including marginalised groups, indigenous people, young people and women.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST339
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Subject information

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

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed JST330 or JST333
Incompatible subject(s)
JST330 JST333

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain Australian sentencing law at a state and federal level;
  • be able to articulate the principles and aims of sentencing;
  • be able to describe and critically evaluate the types of sentences passed by the courts of Australia;
  • be able to critically analyse the impact of sentencing on people, including vulnerable groups;
  • be able to demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to understanding sentencing law and practice;
  • be able to articulate their understanding clearly and cogently;
  • be able to use the work of major theorists and authors to inform their understanding;
  • be 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:
  • Part One: Sentencing law, principles and aims of sentencing, major theories, risk management, alternatives to imprisonment. Part Two: Types of sentences such as fines and social disadvantage, community service, court orders: therapeutic jurisprudence and treatment orders, problem solving courts and diversion, community corrections, restorative justice (including conferencing and mediation), incarceration.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 12 August 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.