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SOSC2004 - Indigenous Peoples and Justice

Criminology Unit


One trimester



Credit points: 



SOSC1004 Cultural Diversity

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Unit Objective

This unit aims to introduce students to the nature of Indigenous culture in order to facilitate an understanding of its relevance in shaping Indigenous persons’ experiences in contemporary Australia. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Identify who indigenous peoples are, how they came to Australia and their early pre-colonial lifestyles;
  • Understand the nature of indigenous culture and the importance of spirituality, dreamtime and connection to country;
  • Evaluate the impact of colonialism and political decisions on Indigenous culture;
  • Explain historical and current issues relating to the impact that the criminal justice system has on indigenous peoples;
  • Appreciate the impacts of western culture on mental health and social well-being of indigenous people;
  • Value the contribution that Indigenous people have made to Australia.

Unit Content

This unit introduces students to the history of Indigenous culture, the longest surviving culture in the world. The unit aims to provide students with an understanding of life prior to, during and following European arrival and a range of subsequent critical events in this nation’s history that have impacted Indigenous communities. An understanding of this history will assist students to critically analyse the ongoing issues that indigenous persons face when interacting with the criminal justice system in Australia.

Unit Workload

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week for 12 weeks. The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space


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