Subject details

After successfully completing this subject 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.
    • Unit Introduction and Historical Context Part 1.
    • Historical Context Part 2.
    • Indigeneity and the Law.
    • Indigeneity, Crime and Victimisation.
    • Indigeneity and Mainstream Policing.
    • Indigenous Policing.
    • Indigeneity and Mainstream Courts.
    • Indigenous Courts.
    • Indigeneity and Punishment.
    • Ethnicities, Crime and Victimisation.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming


This is not an introductory subject, it is a third year subject. You must have a basic understanding of the first and second year criminology subjects. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Drawing on the Australian context, this subject 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 degree is to provide students with the foundation from which they can begin to develop this understanding.

  • Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Online Quiz (20%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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