JST201 Criminal Law and Criminology (8)

This subject introduces the student to the major areas of substantive and procedural criminal law in New South Wales and builds on developing skills of legal analysis. The subject covers the application and process of criminal law through case studies on particular crimes such as homicide, assault (including sexual assault), larceny, public order offences and inchoate crimes. In this subject students will examine the relationship between criminal law and the criminal justice system and critique the application and process of the law. The subject will also examine the limits and potentials for the law to achieve what it intends, e.g. through law reform.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST201. 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

Assumed Knowledge

JST110 or JRN101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and analyse the relationship between the criminal law and other branches of the criminal justice system as systems of social control;
  • be able to describe the application process of criminal law and practice;
  • be able to identify the ways in which criminal law responds to particular social problems;
  • be able to demonstrate critical awareness of the problems connected to the imposition of criminal law;
  • be able to examine the limits and potentials for the law to acheive what it intends
  • be able to demonstrate applied skills of legal analysis and research.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Review of basic elements of criminal law: substantive and procedural law, the hierarchy of the courts, criminal law case analysis
  • Case analysis of crimes such as assault and sexual assault; domestic violence; apprehended violence provisions wihtin current legislation; homicide; defences; public order offences; larceny and other crimes against property; attempt, complicity and conspiracy.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST201 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 %
1st i2 online quiz
2nd i2 online quiz
Take home exam

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.