JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning (8)

This subject utilises an integrated workplace learning approach to develop the students professional knowledge of working in a criminal justice environment whilst expanding on their employability skills and building on their practical experience.  The subject is also aimed at developing students' self-reflection and self-monitoring skills to help build their efficacy and confidence in the work place. As part of this subject, students will gain practical experience and apply their academic learning in a professional setting through a 70 hour work placement.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST321. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Criminal Justice), Bachelor of Public Safety and Security, Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminal Justice double degree, or the Bachelor of Arts Justice Studies minor.

Students who completed JST228 prior to 2015 are not eligible for enrolment in this unit and should seek advice from the Justice Studies Course Director.

Students who have previously completed the workplace placement component in this unit or JST228 without receiving an overall passing grade or higher can enrol and must recomplete the placement component.

Assumed Knowledge

Any JST Level 2 subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically reflect on and evaluate the application of theory in a criminal justice workplace setting;
  • be able to apply knowledge of contemporary employability skills, career planning and development to enhance personal skills applicable to the work environment;
  • be able to demonstrate practical competence through personal professional experience by participating in work placement; and
  • be able to evaluate personal development across a range of professional practice skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Life-long learning supportive of career goals
  • Self-management and learning
  • Planning and organising
  • Locating and using information effectively to aid personal career development and networking
  • Understanding the relationship between self, work, society and the economy
  • Developing critical reflective practice
  • Linking theories relevant to the criminal justice discipline to practice
  • Rational work attitude and self-management
  • Professional behaviour and ethics

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST321 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 %
Employability skills audit and job resume
Reflection on jst321 learning
Placement application - path/ stream/ placement
Student placement agreement
Log book
Paths 1 & 2- report and presentation
Student review
Placement evaluation

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subject requires students to spend 70 hours:

  • In a justice-related organisation that is not any State or Federal Police Force
  • Can be either in the Government or non-Government sector. 
  • Can complete the required hours in any pattern in conjunction with the needs and approval of their placement organisation; and
  • Must be completed by the end of the final teaching week of the session.

 Students are required to successfully complete 3 assessment items, including an initial, low-weighted 'Preparation for Placement" prior to placement, and two further assessments after completion of placement that explains their workplace learning role and situates their placement organisation in the larger justice-related field. 

Administration of placements is to be managed by the Faculty of Business, Justice Studies and Behavioural Sciences Workplace Learning Team. 

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.