Justice and Law Enforcement (JUST)

JUST 0001  Academic Skills for Criminal and Community Justice (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700219  

This unit introduces students to the essential academic skills required for success in tertiary studies. It employs an explicit pedagogy approach to teach students how to become independent, active, and reflective learners. The unit also includes essential research and writing skills specific to the social sciences and criminal justice.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 0002  Introduction to Australian Law Enforcement (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700236  

This unit provides a broad overview of law enforcement in Australia. It aims to equip students with an understanding of power, law and authority in relation to law enforcement agencies in Australia, as well as an overview of the operations and procedures of those agencies. The unit also provides students with an understanding of what it means to become a law enforcement professional in Australia.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 0003  Introduction to the Australian Legal System (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700216  

This unit is designed to develop an understanding of the Australian legal system for students whose courses involve law units relevant to their area of study, such as Business, Construction, Policing and Criminology. Students will investigate the role of the Australian legal system in contemporary society, and explore its relevance to their chosen career path through project-based assessments. The unit will also help students develop the language and communication skills necessary for further tertiary study.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Equivalent Subjects: JUST 0005 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System – Fast Track (UWSC) JUST 0004 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System (UWSC)  
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JUST 0004  Introduction to the Australian Legal System (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900083  

This unit is designed to develop an understanding of the Australian legal system for students whose courses involve law units relevant to their area of study, such as Business, Construction, Policing and Criminology. Students will investigate the role of the Australian legal system in contemporary society, and explore its relevance to their chosen career path through project-based assessments. The unit will also help students develop the language and communication skills necessary for further tertiary study.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Equivalent Subjects: JUST 0003 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System (WSTC Prep)
JUST 0005 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System – Fast Track (UWSC)
  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 1003  Policing Practices  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102314  

This unit concentrates on the implications for police practice of the legislative framework, and police responsibilities including procedures, practices and methods. The content will focus on police decision-making and discretion, and the meaning and practice of police powers. The approach necessary for working with diverse communities is described and analysed, as are associated communication practices. Concepts examined include the appropriate use of force, the appropriate use of personal information and the characteristics of ethical policing practice. Although the key focus of learning relates to the New South Wales Police Force; examples are also drawn from Australian state and federal policing as well as international policing contexts.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: JUST 1004 - Policing Practices (UWSC) JUST 2004 - Contemporary Policing JUST 2003 - Contemporary Policing  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 1004  Policing Practices (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700237  

This unit concentrates on the implications for police practice of the legislative framework, police responsibilities including procedures, practices and methods. The content will focus on police decision-making and discretion, and the meaning and practice of police powers. The approach necessary for working with diverse communities is described and analysed, as are associated communication practices. Concepts such as the appropriate use of force, the appropriate use of personal information and the characteristics of ethical policing practice. By comparison, examples are drawn from Australian state and federal policing, and international contexts.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: JUST 1003 - Policing Practices JUST 2003 - Contemporary Policing JUST 2004 - Contemporary Policing (UWSC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 1005  Policing Practices (Block)  (10 Credit Points)  
Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 2007  Human Rights, Human Services and the Law (Block Mode)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101772  

This unit aims to provide knowledge of human rights issues and laws which are particularly relevant to social workers and community welfare workers. It provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon the powers, responsibilities and obligations in their professional roles and acquire skills to promote justice for disadvantaged individuals and groups through advocacy and law reform.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 7655 - Human Rights Human Services and the Law (AREPMetro) WELF 2008 - Human Rights Human Services and the Law  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 2008  Land Law  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 200599  

Land Law seeks to give students an understanding and appreciation of the main legal concepts concerning property and interests in land, and of some of the technical rules used in land law, in a way which will be relevant to students development as property professionals. Students who successfully complete this unit will be familiar with and understand the main concepts of land law, be able to relate these concepts one to the other and to the practice of the property profession, and be familiar with the legal terminology relating to these concepts.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 9941 - Land Law  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 2011  Law of Commercial Obligations  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 200554  

This unit introduces students to the Australian laws governing transactions involving the transfer, registration and use of property. Focusing on commercial applications students will consider laws governing real, intellectual and personal property including topics such as registration requirements under the Torrens title system and the Personal Property Securities Act (PPSA) as well as enforceability and alienation of proprietary interests, leases and deeds, and subsidiary interests such as covenants and easements.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): LAWS 1001  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 2013  Mediation  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 200294  

This unit will examine the theory and practice of mediation, specifically in the context of the Australian legal system. It builds upon the more general introduction given in the unit Alternative Dispute Resolution (which is a prerequisite for this course). This unit will assume that students have read the textbook for Alternative Dispute Resolution. This unit is experientially based, and students will be expected to participate in discussions, exercises and role-plays. The theory and practice of mediation will be critically considered, as will the social and legal contexts within which mediation is practised. The unit is presented with a multi-disciplinary, analytical and practical approach. Given the very broad range of areas within which mediation can be applied, students will be able to focus on an area or areas of particular personal or professional interest to them (for example, mediation of commercial disputes, mediation under anti-discrimination or family law). This unit is intended to be an introduction to the practice of mediation.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): LAWS 2001  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 2020  Criminal Law for Policing  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102690  

Knowledge of the criminal law is useful to state and federal police forces, government and private organisations, military police, private investigators, anti-corruption agencies, and in industries such as banking and insurance. All have a vested interest in preventing, detecting and investigating breaches of the criminal law through a policy framework. This unit introduces students to the common criminal offences encountered by police officers, with a focus on those investigating breaches of the criminal law rather than those prosecuting or defending. Common elements of Australian (particularly NSW legislation) and international jurisdictions and Commonwealth legislation are covered.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Incompatible Subjects: CULT 2006 - Evidence Investigations and Police Intelligence  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 3001  Advanced Standing for ADPP (Charles Sturt University) 380  (0 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102540  
Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 3002  Assessment and Treatment of Offenders  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102068  

This unit will take an authoritative overview and analysis of issues of assessment, and treatment of offenders, in particular those considered to be high-risk offenders. It will take particular account of policy and legislative issues and developments at an international level and address wider issues of risk and the high-risk offender in the context of the risk society. The unit will also question the relationship between the assessment, treatment and management of such offenders, and consider who is appropriate to involve in this process. The unit will take a multi-disciplinary approach to the assessment, treatment and management of violent and sexual offenders in particular, and extend its coverage to include the issue of stalking. Issues around diversity will be considered throughout.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 3003  Building Law  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 200292  

This unit is designed to provide students with a good understanding of the law and dispute resolution mechanisms that regulate the conduct of the building industry and building practices e.g. Occupational health and safety, contract law, workers compensation, awareness of industrial relations and dispute resolution.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 9948 - Building Law 2  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 3006  Governance in Policing  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102169  

In this unit students examine the nature and function of governance and accountability processes within policing and the broader private security industry. There is a focus on the commitment by governments to practices at an individual and organisational level that are based on accountability, contestability and continuous improvement. Issues such as human rights, ethics in policing, conflicts of interest, misconduct, and corruption and criminality within policing and related industries, are explored; and relevant explanatory theories are examined. Different models and levels of governance and accountability in Australia are also explored, as are the roles of professional standards units within police forces, external accountability agencies such as police integrity commissions, the ombudsman, and crime and misconduct agencies . These are compared with other approaches worldwide. Throughout the unit extensive use will be made of case studies and problem based learning where students will be invited to propose solutions to real world problems.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): CULT 3017 AND
CULT 2006 OR
CULT 2016
  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 3008  Independent Study (Law)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 200704  

This unit will result in the writing of a research paper of 5,000 words on an approved topic in law. It is anticipated that the unit will be used in appropriate situations such as where the Law School has a Visiting Professor who is prepared to supervise independent study in an area related to their expertise. The intent is that the areas researched will focus principally on those areas identified by the Schools in its Research Strategy. These include (i) international and trans-national governance, (ii) elder law, (iii) law and medicine, (iv) revenue law and (v) professional services law.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 3009  Information Systems Ethics and Law  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: CP308A  

This unit aims to provide students with an appreciation of the ethical and legal issues surrounding the use of information systems, particularly the internet. It examines the regulatory framework to facilitate an understanding of the legal boundaries within which e-commerce may operate. Matters including the abuse of computers, the privacy of computerised data and electronic communications are critically analysed to reveal a variety of issues which are legally significant.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 3011  Issues in the Criminal Justice System  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 200701  

This unit introduces candidates to the criminal justice system through an examination of justifications for punishment and the policy and practice of various criminal justice agencies. Attention is paid to the significance of race, class and gender, and how these variables impact upon justice within the criminal justice system. Where possible, visits to criminal justice agencies and a prison are organised, and practitioners are invited to seminars to enable candidates to gain a more practical understanding of the criminal justice system.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): LAWS 2004  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 3012  Policing Leaders Internship  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101969  

The Policing Leaders Internship offers work experience to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Policing (Leadership) and Bachelor of Policing degrees within the School of Social Sciences. Internships can take place in a range of policing organisations such as the NSW Police Force, Police Association of NSW, and other member organisations of the Police Federation of Australia. Internship placements will require students to utilise a range of social science skills obtained throughout the Bachelor of Policing (Leadership) and Bachelor of Policing degree programs. This practical work schedule is supported by a reading program that examines different approaches to the study of policing organisations (their structures, functions and policies) and links these issues to the internship experience. The internship provides work at a host organisation for fourteen full days, totalling 105 hours. Typically, this internship component will be realised as one day per week for fourteen weeks, however an alternative spread of work may be agreed between the organisation, the student, and the unit coordinator. The unit is only offered in the Spring session of Level 3, and is worth 10 units of credit, which will be recorded as an elective on your degree transcript. There is only one lecture for this unit.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Co-requisite(s): JUST 3006 AND
CULT 3001
  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 3014  Creating Criminal Justice Solutions  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102713  

In this unit, students will consider some of the contemporary issues faced by the criminal justice system and the possible solutions to these real world problems. Using knowledge and skills drawn from their experience and study in their degree, students will be required to explore a critical policing or criminal justice issue and develop potential solutions. The unit aims to develop skills in problem analysis and managing the practical constraints faced by social scientists working in applied criminal justice and policing settings. Students will identify a critical issue (such as policing domestic violence, police engagement with CALD youth, criminal justice responses to cybercrimes), which they will explore individually and in groups throughout the semester. Students will become familiar with and learn to apply the policy/practice development cycle to identify critical issues, survey existing research and practices, develop alternative strategies for resolving the identified problem, and evaluating the expected outcomes.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: JUST 3004 - Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice and Policing  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 4001  Clinical Legal Placement  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 200699  

Clinical Legal Placement is an experiential learning program in which students work for 12 days a semester at the Western Sydney University Justice Clinic (WSUJC). Students work under the supervision of the Clinic Principal Lawyer and Clinical Director to gain practical lawyering experience while critically reflecting on the role of law and of lawyers in advancing social justice. This unit provides students with an invaluable opportunity to use and reflect on their study of law in an interactive, legal service environment working on advice, casework, policy or project work. The specific placement activities/ opportunities will align with clinic projects each semester and therefore cannot be advised in advance. Places are limited and enrolment is based on proximity to graduation.

Level: Undergraduate Level 4 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): LAWS 3059 AND
LAWS 2004 AND
LAWS 2013 AND
LAWS 2003
  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 7001  Contemporary Policing Practice  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101891  

The unit will focus on issues that impact on contemporary policing, and the future of policing. The unit will contextualise policing practice by introducing students to the historical, legal, political and social context of this practice. The unit will then consider contemporary issues for policing such as social inclusion and community engagement, working with cognitive disability, transnational crime and newly defined crimes due to technological advancements. The implications of these developments for policing organisations in the future will be considered.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 7002  Executive Leadership in Policing  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101892  

The unit will introduce students to the principles, dimensions and qualities of contemporary executive leadership, as well as taking an analytical approach to such practice. The unit considers the challenges and dynamics of strategic police leadership within a range of political contexts. It explores the reality and diversity of operational policing and related functions from the leadership perspective and explores the limitations of leadership. It discusses the value and importance of the exercise of proper influence at the political, public and organizational levels.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 7003  Governance and Accountability in Policing Practice  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101893  

This unit will focus on understanding contemporary corporate governance and accountability within the practice of policing. Core to the content of the unit is the study of the commitment by governments to practices at an individual and organisational level that are based on accountability, contestability and lead to continuous improvement. The role of leadership in shaping and driving the commitment to continuous improvement in service delivery will be considered as well as issues concerning performance measurement, transparent governance, and accountable processes. Best practice policies and systems will be used within the teaching of this unit and examined through a case study teaching approach.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 7004  Vulnerability and Public Safety  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102418  

This unit explores the concept of vulnerability and its implications for policing and public safety. Vulnerability will be defined and described and the challenges vulnerable populations present for policing and public safety will be discussed.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Co-requisite(s): JUST 7001 AND
JUST 7002 AND
JUST 7003 AND
JUST 7005 AND
POLI 7002
  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 7005  Working with Offending Behaviour: Integrating Theory to Practice  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101894  

The unit begins with an analysis of offending behaviour and criminality through the lens of different theoretical perspectives. The unit will then examine the way in which offenders are assessed for risk and the role criminal justice agencies play in examining risk. The unit will build on this knowledge by considering the range of interventions and treatment programs available to offenders in addressing their behaviour. The unit will conclude by examining the range of criminal justice agencies that play a role in working with offenders, with a particular focus on how this work is done within the community.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 7006  Clinical Legal Placement (Juris Doctor)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 201064  

Clinical Legal Placement allows students to attend the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic (PCJC) or a community legal centre for ten (10) days. This unit provides students with an invaluable opportunity to use and reflect on their study of law in an interactive, legal service environment and real-life experience. Under the supervision of a legal practitioner students will work on advice, casework, policy or project work, as required by the PCJC or relevant centre. Students will examine the practical application of the law and the interaction of law, facts, policy and ethical issues. Students will be exposed to a system of self-analysis and self-criticism. Students are required to attend every day, record and reflect on their own experiences, and submit several short papers of various kinds. (Places are limited and enrolment is based on merit with progression status also considered).

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): LAWS 7072 AND
LAWS 7048 AND
LAWS 7047 AND
LAWS 7066
  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
JUST 7007  Issues in the Criminal Justice System (Juris Doctor)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 201068  

This unit introduces candidates to the criminal justice system through a critical review of justifications for punishment and the policy and practice of various criminal justice agencies. Attention is paid to the significance of race, class and gender, and how these variables impact upon justice within the criminal justice system. Students will engage with contemporary issues and ongoing debates in criminal justice. Where possible, visits to criminal justice agencies and a prison are organised, and practitioners are invited to seminars to enable candidates to gain a more practical understanding of the criminal justice system.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject