JST110 Law and Society (8)

This subject provides a preliminary examination of the Australian Legal System and its institutions, with particular emphasis on social justice concepts, theories and historical analysis.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST110. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to undertake legal research and writing;
  • be able to explain the relationship between theory and law
  • be able to describe the evolution of the Australian Legal System and Institutions;
  • be able to identify the workings and issues of the Australian social justice institutions;
  • be able to describe and discuss the relationship between law, ethics and morality within the social and criminal justice context;
  • 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:
  • Topics such as fundamental legal concepts, a history of Australian law, historical and legal development in official policies relating to indigenous peoples: exclusion and inclusion, the Australian legal system and institutions, Australian courts and precedent, introduction to the criminal law, introduction to the civil law, enforcement facilitators, law and power. Marxist legal theory, critical legal studies, postmodern legal theory, feminist legal theories, critical race theory, social justice institutions, international and transnational law will be covered.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST110 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online test 1
Court visit report and case study report
Research essay
Online test 2

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.