JST318 Human Rights and Social Justice (8)

Human rights standards are increasingly considered as a model for best practice for the criminal justice system in both developed and developing nations. The criminal justice system plays a primary role in the protection of human rights and this subject will ensure students' familiarity with human rights concepts, standards, debates, and the applicability of human rights to the criminal justice system. Students will also look at vulnerability and discrimination within a rights based framework and will examine how a rights based approach can inform ethical professional practice.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST318. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the features of a human rights based model of best practice for a criminal justice system;
  • be able to evaluate the debates surrounding the use of human rights based model of criminal justice;
  • be able to explore how concepts of vulnerability and discrimination are understood through a rights based approach; and
  • be able to consider how a rights based approach can inform ethical professional practice within the criminal justice system.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Ethics of the criminal justice system
  • Legal Powers and Human Rights Part
  • Women's Rights
  • Children and Young People
  • Ethnic Minorities and the criminal justice system
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Disability and Mental Health
  • Prisoners' Rights
  • Privacy
  • Terrorism

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST318 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 %
Multiple choice quiz
Reflective journal
Research essay

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.