JST309 Indigenous Communities, Criminal Justice and Policing (8)

The subject focuses on a number of issues impacting on contemporary relations between Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system with a view to understanding causal factors and identifying relevant criminal justice responses. Attention will be paid to the historical relations between the police and Indigenous Australians and the role of government in structuring those relations. Specific points of focus include institutional racism, criminal justice procedures, Indigenous community relations, including self-determination and justice reinvestment initiatives.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST309. 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

Assumed Knowledge

Any Level 2 JST subject

JST123 for Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Policing and Public Safety

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the impact of colonisation on contemporary police practice, criminal justice, and Indigenous Australian relations;
  • be able to critique key contemporary debates about the experiences of Indigenous Australians and their interaction with the criminal justice system;
  • be able to evaluate current criminal justice policies which focus on Indigenous people;
  • be able to examine how government responses affect the policing of Indigenous people; and
  • be able to reflect on one's own worldview and the worldviews of others, and apply this to professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The effect of colonisation on contemporary policing of Indigenous Australians
  • Formal and substantive justice
  • Policing and the Stolen Generations
  • Institutional and personal racism
  • The criminalisation of Indigenous Australians
  • Over policing and zero tolerance in relation to Indigenous Australians
  • Police culture and decision-making
  • Policing Indigenous women
  • Policing public space
  • Contemporary policing policies related to policing Indigenous people
  • Contemporary Indigenous initiatives in policing

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST309 in Session 2 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 %
Multiple choice quiz (1) or research blog (2)
Written responses to formulated questions
Reflective journal

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.