OnlineSession 2N/A

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Behrendt, L, Cunneen, C & Libesman, T, 2009, Indigenous Legal Relations in Australia, 1st edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780195562019.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: take home30%

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