Indigenous People, Issues and The Law
|Course code LAWS5024||Units 10||Level 5000||Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School|
LLB courses are only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree programs.
Deals with the laws and legal issues relating to and effecting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia (Indigenous peoples of Australia) from colonisation to the modern day.
Not available in 2015
|Previously offered in 2014|
|Objectives||Course Objectives: |
1. To understand particular issues faced by Indigenous peoples and to sensitise students to these issues.
2. To equip students with knowledge and understanding of the laws that govern the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the legal system, including such issues as self-determination, citizenship and sovereignty.
3. To critically examine the impact of government policies and laws on Indigenous peoples.
4. To explore notions of social justice, restorative justice and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples in contemporary legal systems.
5. To analyse and critique polices and laws affecting Indigenous peoples from a socio-legal perspective.
|Content||The topics to be covered include:|
1. Legal encounters:
Pre-contact Indigenous society and laws, the impact of colonisation and post-contact history
2. Race theory: Race, crime and welfare, with reference to children and Aboriginal deaths in custody;
3. Land and other property: Land Rights, Native title; and examples of land returns and acquisitions post-Mabo.
4. Unfinished business: criminal justice issues; self determination and citizenship issues (eg. reconciliation, treaty, constitutional recognition)
|Assumed Knowledge||LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A and LAWS3004B|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Problem Based Learning|
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|