JST436 Criminological Research (Theory) (8)

This subject will promote the examination of criminology as a diverse and multi-disciplinary area of study. Students will make an advanced study of the real consequences of how different types of behaviour, by both states and individuals, are dealt with: drawing on criminological theory and the relevant historical, political and social contexts. Students will also learn how to research and conduct a literature review.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST436. 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 (Justice Studies) (Honours) or the Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Honours)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically debate the theoretical arguments of major contemporary criminologists/social theorists
  • be able to critically engage with theoretical positions in existing literature
  • be able to critically analyse the role of criminological theory in the development of policy and practice
  • be able to critically evaluate scholarly literature
  • be able to generate a critical literature review


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Exploration of the technologies of power and how this influences policy and practice, including 'Criminology from Below'
  • Investigation of the intersections between criminal justice reform groups, criminology and human rights discourse, including in an international context
  • Criminological theories, both historical and contemporary
  • Critical evaluation of criminological literature
  • How to construct a literature review

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST436 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 %
Discussion forum
Critical essay
Literature review

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