JST496 Fire-Setting Behaviour, Legal Issues and Investigative Practice (8)

This subject will equip students with a foundational understanding of fire-setting behaviour and strategies to link fire-setting strategies with motive.  Students will also gain an understanding of specific legal issues relating to incendiary fires as well as investigative practices for identifying, analysing and presenting expert evidence in relation to such fires.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST496. 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

Limited to students enrolled in Fire Investigation, however students demonstrating a connection with fire services (necessary for the completion of assessment tasks) may apply to the course coordinator.

Incompatible Subjects

JST416, JST417

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise a range of fire setting motives
  • be familiar with psychological fire-setting theories
  • be able to demonstrate how how fire-setting behaviour and motive can be linked
  • be conversant with prevention and intervention strategies for fire-setters
  • be able to demonstrate investigative practices for incendiary fires
  • be competent with the identification and preparation and presentation of expert evidence in relation to incendiary fires
  • be able to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise coronial, criminal and civil law in relation to incendiary fires


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • General introduction to fire-setting
  • Fire-setting theories and typology
  • Linking fire-setting strategies to motives
  • Sub-groups of fire-setters
  • Prevention and Intervention strategies for fire-setters
  • Investigative practice for incendiary fires
  • Report writing and the presentation of expert evidence
  • Legal issues and professional conduct relating to incendiary fires


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.