INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS AND THE LAW

LAW2IND

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students in this subject examine the various ways in which the law has an impact upon Indigenous Australians. Commencing with an analysis of the nature of sovereignty and the implications of the Mabo judgement, students examine a number of different topics where the law has had (or continues to have) an impact upon the lives of Indigenous Australians, either in an oppressive or beneficial manner. Specifically, the over-representation of Indigenous Australians at every level of the criminal justice system will be addressed. Students will also consider the operation of specific protective legislation, such as the various cultural heritage provisions, and the adequacy of protection afforded for Aboriginal art in intellectual property law.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1LIM and LAW1DR

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LST2/3ALA, LAW1IAL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws, or if undertaking a LST major in another degree

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIndigenous Legal IssuesRecommendedMcRae, Nettheim, Beacroft, McNamaraTHOMSON 4TH EDN

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse and critique materials relating to areas of the the law that impact upon Indigenous Australians.

Activities:
Legal advice (2000 words) and Written assignment (2500 words
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking

02. Develop and practice collaborative research Team work and advocacy

Activities:
Presentation of argument relating to legal advice.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork

03. Discuss, in an informed manner relying on arguments drawn from researched materials, contemporary legal issues relating to Indigenous Australians.

Activities:
Legal advice (2000 words) and Written assignment (2500 words)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking

04. Locate, by means of legal research, materials discussing legal issues in relation to Indigenous Australians

Activities:
Legal advice (2000 words) and Written assignment (2500 words)
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research

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