Unit description

Discusses the impact of the criminal justice system on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Students are introduced to restorative justice, juvenile justice, customary law, diversion and prevention schemes, and prisons and post-release programs. The complex interaction between broader social and economic processes, the criminal justice system, and Indigenous people (both as victims and offenders) is considered.

Unit content

Topic 1 Overview of the issues facing Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in their contact with the criminal justice system
Topic 2 Overview of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody
Topic 3 Implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody
Topic 4 Indigenous juveniles and the criminal justice system
Topic 5 Indigenous women and the criminal justice system
Topic 6 Restorative justice responses in the criminal justice system
Topic 7 Alternatives to mainstream criminal justice processes
Topic 8 Aboriginality and Aboriginal customary law in sentencing
Topic 9 Recidivism: factors in Aboriginal reoffending
Topic 10 Prisons and post-release programs

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 (3)
Structured online learning 1 (12)
Discussion board50%

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Fee information


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