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Unit Overview


This unit examines Indigenous interactions with the Anglo-Australian legal system and in the context of broader intersections between race, culture, colonialism and justice. Specific content includes Indigenous theories of justice; cultural appropriation and pop culture; criminal justice and colonialism; and stories, power and the Stolen Generations.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Law and Society; Criminology; Human Rights; Criminology and Criminal Justice major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the broader intersections of race, culture, colonialism and justice that shape legal interactions; (2) critically engage with issues and sources related to Indigenous peoples and the law; (3) use Indigenous research databases and some legal research databases; and (4) demonstrate the ability to communicate confidently and critically in relation to legal issues affecting Indigenous peoples and the broader contexts that shape those issues.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective assignment; (2) research essay; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Karinda Burns
Unit rules
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
or LAWX1104 Introduction to Law
or LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change
or LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
or LAWS1112 Adulting: Law for Everyday Lives
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 units.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.