LAWS2225 Indigenous Peoples and the Law

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Ambelin Kwaymullina
Unit rules
LAWS1104 Introduction to Law
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems)
LAWS1120 Australian Legal Principles and Institutions
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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.