Race, Crime and Justice - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay - Essay (40%) , Invigilated Exam - Final Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Drawing on the Australian context, this unit examines the contemporary and historical significance of Indigeneity in structuring patterns of law making, offending, victimisation, criminal justice system responses and experiences; and considers new forms of crime prevention and innovative justice practices. Emerging issues relating to ethnicities, crime, victimisation and the criminal justice system will also be addressed.

In Australia there is on-going public and governmental concern for the recognition of Indigenous peoples rights and, more recently migrant and other culturally diverse groups. Crime control policies/programs and operation of the Australian criminal justice system are frequently critiqued for being inequitable, intolerant and ignorant towards Indigenous peoples and also ethnic minorities. It is essential that students of criminology and criminal justice have an understanding of how Indigeneity and ethnicities impact crime, victimisation and the criminal justice system. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundation from which they can begin to develop this understanding.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:
  1. Understand the historical, political and legal contexts of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Australia
  2. Understand the key inquires and legislation related to Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations
  3. Develop a knowledge of statistical data on crime, victimisation and imprisonment
  4. Understand and critically reflect on mainstream criminological theory as it relates to Indigenous peoples
  5. Develop knowledge of innovative justice practices and new forms of crime prevention and crime control utilised by or for Indigenous peoples
  6. Develop knowledge about ethnic minority crime and victimisation
  7. Students should also develop their capacity to think critically about Indigeneity, ethnicities, crime, victimisation and criminal justice; and the capacity to write and verbalise this clearly and analytically.
  • Essay — Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Exam (40%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is not an introductory unit, it is a third year unit. You must have a basic understanding of the first and second year criminology units.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Unit Introduction and Historical Context Part 1.
2Historical Context Part 2.
3Indigeneity and the Law.
4Indigeneity, Crime and Victimisation.
5Indigeneity and Mainstream Policing.
6Indigenous Policing.
7Indigeneity and Mainstream Courts.
8Indigenous Courts.
9Indigeneity and Punishment.
10Ethnicities, Crime and Victimisation.
11Ethnicities and Policing.
12Ethnicities, Sexual and Domestic Violence Victimisation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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