JST110 Criminal Justice in 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


Centre for Law and Justice

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the evolution of the Australian Criminal Justice systems and the institutions;
  • to be able to describe the basic theories of justice;
  • be able to describe the institutions of criminal justice in Australia;
  • to be able to describe the criminal justice laws;
  • be able to apply a knowledge of the processes and practices of criminal justice systems in Australia through analysis of state justice systems;
  • be able to evaluate the effects of cultural norms and expectations on the criminal justice systems; and
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to undertake research and academic writing and display professional communication and conduct with academic staff and students.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Origins of the Australian legal systems
  • Rights and theories of (criminal) justice
  • Institutions of criminal justice
  • Criminal justice laws
  • The processes of criminal justice
  • Punishment in a criminal justice context
  • Criminal justice, politics and the media
  • Victims in the criminal justice system
  • Civil laws in a criminal justice context
  • The criminal justice system into the future

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST110 in Session 3 2020. 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
Court and case study report
Research essay
Take-home examination

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.