JST438 Key Competencies for Justice Research Professionals (16)

This subject will introduce students to professional practice within the criminal justice professions. This will require them to build on existing knowledge in developing and presenting a research output after extensive and ongoing collaboration with industry and/or university personnel. Students will exercise professional practice as part of a collaborative research team within the discipline or with a criminal justice organisation.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST438. 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

Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Justice Studies) (Honours) and Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Honours)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate and critique criminal justice policy and rhetoric
  • be able to participate in the development of a research output (e.g. publication, media piece, submission to inquiry or government/non-government body, grant application as either sole or co-author)
  • be able to critically reflect on criminal justice professional processes
  • be able to effectively present research outcomes
  • be able to work collaboratively as part of a research team
  • be able to develop professional project management skills
  • be able to be reflexive by maintaining a journal
  • be able to demonstrate accountability and responsibility in professional practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Intersections between policy, theory, development and implementation
  • Participation in a research collaboration
  • Criminal Justice policy and rhetoric
  • Research outputs
  • Criminal justice professional practice
  • Criminal Justice project management
  • Reflections on professional practice
  • The research process

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST438 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 %
Theory essay

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.