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AIS2060 - Indigenous Legal Issues

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Stephen Pritchard


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit examines the historical and cultural dimensions of law, law administration and the legal representation of Indigenous peoples in Australia from a critical inter-disciplinary perspective. Topics covered include: the recognition of Indigenous customary law, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, mandatory sentencing, intellectual property, heritage protection and the Stolen Generations.


Upon completion of this units students will be able to:

  1. Describe and critically analyse both orally and in writing, the operation of key Australian law and legislature relating to Indigenous cultures and peoples.
  2. Describe and critically analyse the central themes and issues relating to historical and contemporary approaches to Indigenous issues both orally and in writing.


Oral seminar presentation: 10%
Short expository exercise related to the seminar presentation (1000 words): 20%
Essay (3000 words): 70%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


First year sequence or permission of coordinator


AIS2040, AIS3040