JST537 Regulation of Crime (8)

Regulation and through it, prevention, is increasingly seen as the most cost effective first line of defence against a wide range of crimes which include terrorist financing and money laundering. This subject examines the regulation of crime from theoretical, policy and legal control perspectives. Theoretical perspectives on the nature and causes of crime, and the roles the state and other actors play in regulating criminal behaviours will be examined. Regulatory and criminal justice failures will be examined with a view to understand why such failures occur. The effectiveness of regulatory, criminal and civil sanctions will also be examined.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

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 appraise current and historical academic debates as they relate to crime and regulation;
  • be able to evaluate the impact of regulation on specific crime areas;
  • be able to evaluate the role, function and powers of a regulatory agency; and
  • be able to communicate to a relevant professional or academic audience a critique of a regulatory instrument that was designed to reduce harms associated with crime.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Explanations for crime
  • Theories of regulation
  • Regulation and the State
  • Regulation and the corporate sector
  • Crime and regulation
  • Evaluating regulatory controls

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST537 in Session 2 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 %
Presentation and report

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.