JST491 Ethical Issues in Investigation (8)

This subject will address the ethical dimensions of investigative practice in such a way that students can focus on their own specific spheres of professional practice. Included will be ethical issues in relation to the use of whistleblowers, the use of forensic evidence, and competing investigative outcomes.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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


School of Policing Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students in: Master of Arts (Child Protection Investigation) Graduate Diploma of Child Protection Investigation Master of Arts (Investigations Management) Graduate Diploma of Investigation Management Master of Arts (Fraud Investigation) Graduate Diploma of Fraud Investigation Master of Arts (Fire Investigation) Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation Graduate Certificate in Fire Investigation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to conceptualise the ethical dimensions of investigative functions, both in general and in their specific professional domain
  • be able to critique, with others, the main ethical issues concerning investigations within their own professional domain
  • be able to recognise and frame relevant problems of occupational practice in ethical terms
  • be able to apply ethical considerations to problems of professional and organisational practice


This subject will cover the following topics:

- investigative ethics - justice, equality and investigation - investigative outcomes: law, morality, justice - ethical issues in relation to whistleblowers - ethical issues in the use of intelligence - ethical issues in profiling and investigative psychology - ethical issues re the use of forensic evidence - ethical issues in investigative techniques


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.