JST346 Criminal Investigations in Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Societies (8)

This subject will identify and explore various ways in which racial and ethnic diversity can impact on criminal investigations. In particular, subject participants will focus on the ways in which such diversity can create competing pressures for an investigation, and the effects which traditional investigative practices may have on members of ethnic and racial minorities. Subject participants will be required to apply their more general learning to the specific investigative situations which may be faced in their own jurisdictions.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

The subject is restricted to each of the following programs: -
Bachelor of Policing
Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)
Bachelor of Public Safety and Security
Diploma of Policing Investigations
Diploma of Investigations

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and explain the ways in which racial and ethnic diversity impacts on a criminal investigation
  • be able to explain the reasons why these impacts are a factor in contemporary criminal investigations
  • be able to explain the ways in which the rights of members of ethnic and racial minorities are at risk during criminal investigations
  • be able to demonstrate an extended professional capacity to conduct criminal investigations in ethnically and racially diverse societies
  • be able to develop and critique strategies for minimising any negative impacts of racial and ethnic diversity on a criminal investigation


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - identification of key ethnic and racial groups within relevant jurisdictions
  • - historical and other antecedents which can impact on the relationships between key ethnic and racial groups and police
  • - the competing pressures on criminal investigators as a result of ethnic and racial diversity
  • - ensuring equity for members of ethnic and racial groups during criminal investigations
  • - working with racial and ethnic diversity to further criminal investigations
  • - minimising the ways in which racial and ethnic diversity impact negatively on investigative processes


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

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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.