JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning (8)

Through a 70 hour workplace placement, this subject utilises an integrated workplace learning approach which allows students through placement and assessment to develop a critical understanding of criminal justice organisations (both government and non government) in civil society, their role in criminal justice and social justice processes and their relationship to social policy development.  It familiarises students with the daily workings, concerns and processes of these agencies/organisations. Students will be guided through the initial stages of finding a placement and have the opportunity to share their workplace learning experiences with other students at the end of the session. 

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST321. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice), Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminal Justice double degree, or the Bachelor of Arts Justice Studies minor.

Students who completed JST228 prior to 2015 are not eligible for enrolment in this unit and should seek advice from the Justice Studies Course Director.

Students who have previously completed the workplace placement component in this unit or JST228 without receiving an overall passing grade or higher can enrol and must recomplete the placement component.

Assumed Knowledge


Subject Relationships

JST228 Successful completion of JST228 prior to 2015 precludes students from enrolling in JST321

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • to be able to explain the development of professional competence and the roles of criminal justice agencies, government and non government organisations in the provision of justice in civil society;
  • to be able to negotiate interactions with government/non government organisations concerned with the provision of justice and consistently function ethically in the workplace;
  • to be able to reflect critically on their workplace learning placement and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice;
  • 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


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The roles of government and criminal justice agencies in the development of criminal justice/social welfare policies;
  • The negotiation process required to find an appropriate work placement in a justice related organisation (government/non government)
  • Practical requirements for successfully completing a 70 hour placement in a justice related organisation;
  • Identifying and understanding professional and ethical standards of practice; the ways justice is utilised by organisations; the development of justice priorities for organisation; and the development of interventions in the delivery of justice,
  • Debriefing and critical reflection after placement

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subject requires students to spend 70 hours:

  • In a justice-related organisation that is not any State or Federal Police Force
  • Can be either in the Government or non-Government sector. 
  • Can complete the required hours in any pattern in conjunction with the needs and approval of their placement organisation; and
  • Must be completed by the end of the final teaching week of the session.

 Students are required to successfully complete 3 assessment items, including an initial, low-weighted 'Preparation for Placement" prior to placement, and two further assessments after completion of placement that explains their workplace learning role and situates their placement organisation in the larger justice-related field. 

Administration of placements is to be managed by the Faculty of Business, Justice Studies and Behavioural Sciences Workplace Learning Team. 


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.