Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Examines Aboriginal Australia's responses to, and use of, international treaty monitoring bodies and agencies as well as the treaties themselves. It offers an insight into the role of such bodies in the effective delivery of social justice for Aboriginal Australians and examines some of the key issues identified by Indigenous peoples globally as significant factors in the delivery of social justice and human rights.

The principal teaching style will be through lecture and tutorial. Mode of delivery is internal, Callaghan.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Empower the voices and experiences of Indigenous peoples;

2. Critically analyse the role of international treaty bodies and agencies such as the United Nations, in the delivery of social justice to Aboriginal Australians;

3. Develop an understanding of the significance of the treaty debate and the impact of this on social justice for Aboriginal Australians;

4. Gain an insight into Indigenous responses to and use of international treaties and monitoring bodies; and

5. Develop an understanding of the significance of the debate surrounding the issues of bio-diversity and bio-technology, ethics and self-determination.

6. Explore concepts of group dynamics.


The course will explore indigenous communities worldwide & their use of human rights instruments. The following will be considered:

  • International human rights bodies of relevance to Indigenous peoples;
  • International human rights instruments of relevance to Indigenous peoples; ILO Convention 169 and the draft Declaration on Indigenous Peoples Rights.
  • The role of Non-Government organisations.
  • Australian Aboriginal peoples and the United Nations.
  • Indigenous peoples use of the international arena; international case studies
  • Response to treaty crisis.
  • Protection of Intellectual and Cultural Property Rights.
  • Bio-diversity and bio-technology.
  • Ethics.
  • Self-determination.
  • Racism.
  • Globalisation.

Assumed knowledge

Students need an understanding of Aboriginal society and culture equivalent to ABOR1210/ABOR1110, ABOR1220/ABOR1330, ABOR2100/ABOR2230, ABOR2110/ABOR2240 and ABOR3010/ABOR3120. Students will also be required to have study/experience equivalent to ABOR2380 and ABOR2390.

Assessment items

Presentation: Collaborative Talking Circle

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario

Project: Group Project

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.