Indigenous People of Australia and the Law

Unit code: LLW2009 | Study level: Undergraduate
12
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
City Queen
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
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Overview
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Overview

This unit examines indigenous people of Australia and their culture in the context of historical and contemporary Australian law and society. The unit examines laws and policies concerning indigenous identity, including recognition of rights under the Australian Constitution and rights, native title, and customary law are examined, from both a historical perspective, and a present one. Particular focus is given to territorial issues, equality and the interaction of indigenous people with the criminal justice system and international law and comparative perspectives. Some comparisons are made of other Indigenous peoples, including Canada, the Nordic countries and New Zealand. The unit also considers law reform in the areas of human rights, the criminal justice system, issues of self-determination, and reconciliation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and apply knowledge and understanding of the common law, constitutional and statutory framework as it currently applies to indigenous Australians.
  2. Examine and assess human rights issues that have historically and in more recent times affected indigenous Australians in order to formulate appropriate legal responses;
  3. Communicate effectively, on multifaceted issues affecting indigenous Australians and by comparing the approaches taken in overseas jurisdictions such as Canada and New Zealand and Norway.

Assessment

For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Dissertation
|
Grade: 10%
Quiz - 10 Multiple Choice Questions.
Assessment type: Assignment
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Grade: 40%
Essay on a contemporary or past legal issue
Assessment type: Examination
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Grade: 50%
Final Examination

Required reading

Indigenous Legal Relations in Australia
Behrendt et al, 2019| Oxford University Press

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