JST346 Criminal Investigations in Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Societies (8)

This subject will identify and explore various ways in which racial and ethnic diversity can impact on criminal investigations. In particular, subject participants will focus on the ways in which such diversity can create competing pressures for an investigation, and the effects which traditional investigative practices may have on members of ethnic and racial minorities. Subject participants will be required to apply their more general learning to the specific investigative situations which may be faced in their own jurisdictions.


Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST346. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

The subject is restricted to each of the following programs: -
Bachelor of Policing
Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)
Bachelor of Public Safety and Security
Bachelor of Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminal Justice


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and evaluate the ways in which racial and ethnic diversity impacts on contemporary criminal investigation;
  • be able to develop and critique strategies for minimising any negative impacts, and maximising any positive impacts, of racial and ethnic diversity on a criminal investigation;
  • be able to demonstrate a professional capacity to conduct criminal investigations in ethnically and racially diverse societies while protecting the legal rights of their members; and
  • be able to demonstrate the communication literacies and digital skills required of a competent criminal justice practitioner.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • identification of key ethnic and racial groups within relevant jurisdictions
  • historical and other antecedents which can impact on the relationships between key ethnic and racial groups and police
  • the competing pressures on criminal investigators as a result of ethnic and racial diversity
  • ensuring equity for members of ethnic and racial groups during criminal investigations
  • working with racial and ethnic diversity to further criminal investigations
  • minimising the ways in which racial and ethnic diversity impact negatively on investigative processes

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST346 in Session 1 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 %
Assessment item 1: forum activities
Assessment item 2: discussion of a case study
Assessment item 3: report

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.