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Unit description

Outlines the application of British and Australian laws to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since 1788. Discusses the impact of law and policy relating to land, intellectual property, cultural heritage, the natural environment, criminal justice, child welfare, and discrimination. Contemporary legal issues will also be considered in areas such as Indigenous governance, recognition and self-determination.

Unit content

Themes introducing contemporary legal issues affecting Indigenous Australian peoples will be covered as follows:

Topics 1-3 follow the theme 'The Law of the Colonisers'.
Topics 4 and 5 explore the theme 'Criminalisation'.
Topics 6-8 delve into the theme 'Law, Land and Culture'.
Topics 9-12 conclude the unit with the theme 'Law, Rights and Governance'.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1list the impacts of colonial and post-colonial law and policy in relation to Australian Indigenous peoples, including the terra nullius doctrine, protection policy and assimilation policyKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2examine possible avenues for reparation and redress, particularly as they apply to the stolen generationsKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3recognise the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the criminal justice systemKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4outline the arguments and processes involved in reconciliation, Constitutional recognition, treaty, and sovereignty.Knowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. list the impacts of colonial and post-colonial law and policy in relation to Australian Indigenous peoples, including the terra nullius doctrine, protection policy and assimilation policy
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. examine possible avenues for reparation and redress, particularly as they apply to the stolen generations
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. recognise the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the criminal justice system
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. outline the arguments and processes involved in reconciliation, Constitutional recognition, treaty, and sovereignty.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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