• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Azmi Wood
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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This course aims to arm students with an understanding of, and a critical approach to, the law as it applies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Central to the course is an examination of the extent to which Australian law recognises the rights and interests of Indigenous Australians as citizens and as peoples. It presents constitutional, human rights and property law relating to Indigenous peoples in their socio-political, historical and cultural contexts, questioning the adequacy of the current state of the law with a view to possibilities for future law reform. It acknowledges the disproportionately large role of the law in the lives of this arguably overly-regulated but under-protected group of peoples, providing an understanding of some of the central legal issues facing Indigenous Australians, and the impact this has and has had on Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course covers issues relating to legal definitions of Indigeneity, the relationship between Indigenous Australians and the state, self-determination, racial discrimination, rights to lands and waters, and the place of Indigenous Australians in the world community of Indigenous peoples. As such, it builds on concepts introduced in Australian Public Law, International Law and Property Law.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

  • identify basic issues surrounding legal constructions of Indigenous identity and their legal and non-legal impact;
  • understand the limits of constitutional protections afforded to Indigenous peoples, and the role of constitutional law in relation to government policy and legislation relating to Indigenous Australians;
  • understand the effect of international instruments and mechanisms on domestic legal issues affecting Indigenous peoples;
  • identify conceptual and legal problems with property law relating to Indigenous peoples; and
  • identify domestic and international legal avenues, and relevant legal argument, in relation to some constitutional, human rights and property law issues currently affecting Indigenous peoples.

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    Other Information

    This course touches on a wide range of legal areas and concepts and therefore is best undertaken by students later in their degree.

    Indicative Assessment

     

    • 10% Participation
    • 30% Oral Presentation and 500 word Summary
    • 60% Policy Submission

    Final details of assessment will be confirmed in Week 1 and provided on the course WATTLE website.

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    Workload

    Three hours per week.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes a Bachelor of Laws or the Juris Doctor program (7330). LAWS2202 Commonwealth Constitutional Law and LAWS2250 International Law must have been completed. LAWS2204 Property is a co requisite.

    Prescribed Texts

    Please refer to the course WATTLE website.

    Majors

    Minors

    Fees

    Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

    If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

    Student Contribution Band:
    3
    Unit value:
    6 units

    If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    1994-2003 $1626
    2004 $1926
    2005 $2298
    2006 $2646
    2007 $2670
    2008 $2670
    2009 $2670
    2010 $2718
    2011 $2778
    2012 $2808
    2013 $2808
    2014 $2808
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    1994-2003 $2916
    2004 $2916
    2005 $3234
    2006 $3426
    2007 $3426
    2008 $3426
    2009 $3426
    2010 $3750
    2011 $3756
    2012 $3756
    2013 $3756
    2014 $3762
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
    Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    8662 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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