Aboriginal People and Law
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011
This course will explore the history of law and contemporary legal issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the legal realm. Students will explore the principles underlying a history of British colonial law in Australia as an integral component of invasion. The course examines several legal cases, the doctrine of terra nullius, summary justice, Black Deaths in custody through a critical analysis of 19th century colonial case law. The course will also address contemporary issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with the legal justice system including over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the justice system, circle sentencing and native title.
On completion of this course students will demonstrate:
1. A detailed analytical understanding of the historical legal sequences after Cook
2. A clear conceptualisation and practical application of the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and peoples and the results of foreign laws enacted upon them.
3. Acquire the foundation for future knowledge relating to the Protection Era and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues
4. Explored the foundations of legal inequity as it relates to social justice.
5. A range of academic skills in relation writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, research and analysis.
Students will explore the principles underlying the introduction and application of English Common Law and the Australian Constitutional Law to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Several law cases will be critically reviewed along with the Doctrine of Terra Nullius, Native Title and Racial Discrimination. Further discussion will examine issues of Black Deaths in Custody, Over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Legal Justice Realm and Aboriginal Legal Services.
ABOR2380 - Aboriginal People and the Law - 10 units
Students who have completed ABOR2380 are not eligible to enrol in ABOR2245.
ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory Aboriginal Studies course
Modes of Delivery
Distance Learning : IT Based
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term