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IA5431 - Justice and Indigenous Peoples

[Not offered in 2019]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: Indigenous Education & Research Centre

Available to all post graduate students.

The over-representation of Indigenous people in all strata of the Criminal Justice System in Australia is a critical issue that requires an in-depth analysis and understanding for students enrolled in this subject. This subject therefore examines the historical, political, social and cultural issues that influence the relationship between Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system from a critical Criminology perspective. Students will gain knowledge of how these issues impact on current policies as well as initiatives, which are designed to address the problem of Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system. Students will be introduced to issues and notions through online learning including the discussion board, e-mail, digital media and reading materials. Therefore it is essential that students have access to the World Wide Web to complete this subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse the historical, political, social and cultural issues that influence the relationship between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians and the criminal justice system;
  • Critically examine the connection of over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the justice system to the social constraints confronting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Explore restorative justice issues within an Indigenous context;
  • Conduct a literature review and develop a ministerial report that demonstrates appropriate academic writing and formatting.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.