A unit suitable for both law and non-law students, this unit introduces students to Indigenous people’s experience with the legal system in Australia and selected other jurisdictions (United States, Canada and New Zealand), and the interactions between non-Indigenous and Indigenous legal systems. With regard to both the historical and contemporary setting, the unit examines these themes in a variety of contexts including land rights and native title, Indigenous peoples and environmental management, the criminal justice system, and Indigenous ownership of intellectual and cultural property. The subject matter is rapidly changing, and new issues such as the negotiation of a treaty in Australia between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and constitutional law reform to give Indigenous peoples a voice in the Commonwealth parliament, are considered. The unit also considers options for law and policy reform in a variety of contexts including the criminal justice system and women’s rights.
|Unit name||Indigenous Peoples and the Law|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
|Discipline||Global Cultures and Languages|Law|
|Coordinator||Professor Benjamin Richardson|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Compare the historical and contemporary role of Indigenous legal traditions and legal practices in Australia and other relevant countries.
- Identify and apply in specific contexts, the laws, institutions and policies that affect Indigenous peoples, especially in regard to land rights and environmental management.
- Assess directions for law reform relating to Indigenous peoples.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
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4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:LAW620
|Assessment||Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (40%)|Essay (40%)|Tutorial Participation/Other Participation (20%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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