JST537 Regulation of Crime (8)

This foundation subject examines the use of regulation to control crime. Focussing on money laundering and terrorist financing is essential for students studying this discipline. It explores research paradigms that shape the understanding of how money laundering and terrorist financing can be controlled across different jurisdictions and industries. The subject examines theoretical perspectives on the nature and causes of crime and the role of state and non-state stakeholders in controlling criminal behaviour. Regulatory and criminal justice failures will be examined with a view to understand cause and effect. The effectiveness of regulatory, criminal and civil sanctions will also be examined.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus
Session 3 (90)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST537. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to synthesise and critique money laundering and terrorist financing control literature to identify weaknesses in existing control frameworks;
  • be able to investigate the suitability of theoretically informed controls to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing;
  • be able to identify and distinguish between key regulatory theories and research paradigms;
  • be able to examine the role, function and powers of a regulatory agency;
  • be able to evaluate the impact of regulation on specific crime areas; and
  • be able to demonstrate the communication, literacy, numeracy, research and digital skills required of a competent professional financial crime control practitioner.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Explanations for crime
  • Theories of regulation
  • Regulation and the State
  • Regulation and the corporate sector
  • Crime and regulation
  • Evaluating regulatory controls
  • Regulatory research paradigms
  • Research planning and design

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST537 in Session 2 2019. 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 %
Presentation and 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.