Law and First Peoples of Australia
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- 02 Mar 2020
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- demonstrate an integrated and theoretical understanding of the legal, political, social and cultural factors that shaped the first contact histories; and the operation of the British legal system as it evolved and it's impact on Australia's First Peoples under colonisation;
- reflect upon the relationship between First Peoples and Anglo-Australian laws; the impact of Anglo-Australian law and its underlying policies on First Australians; and the effectiveness of the evolving Australian legal system in delivering justice to First Peoples;
- exercise critical thinking in identifying issues relating to the effect of Anglo-Australian law on Indigenous Australians and the relationship between First Peoples and Anglo-Australian legal systems; and generating and communicating an appropriate response to resolve these issues; and
- demonstrate an understanding of First Peoples protocols, cultural and communication factors necessary to establish effective working relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
- EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
- SoftwareDetails - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements: https://www.une.edu.au/current-students/support/it-services/hardware
- TravelDetails - Travel may be required to attend the Final Examination for this subject.
- OtherDetails -
Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
The First Peoples of Australia have a unique position in Australian society as the traditional owners and custodians of land and sea country. This subject will introduce students to First Peoples systems of law and the interaction between these laws and the Anglo-Australian legal system; and critically examine the impact of Anglo-Australian law and policies on First Peoples. The subject will also explore the complex legal, political, social and cultural factors that contribute to current debates on legal issues of significance to First Peoples, and develop skills in cultural competency to enable students to work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
Reflective Journal: 1500 words. Related to Learning Outcomes (LOs) 1-4 Final Examination: 2 hrs 15 mins. There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit. UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects. Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.
- Reflective Journal (40%%)
- Final Examination (60%%)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Relations 2nd ed.
Behrendt, L., Cunneen, C., Libesman, T. and Watson, N.