- Class Number 7225
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Anthony Hopkins
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
This on country intensive course, delivered through a collaboration between the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency and the ANU College of Law, aims to equip students with knowledge to critically assess law’s history, characteristics and impacts from the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Central to the course is the examination of the adequacy of the current state of Australian legal education, legal practice, law and justice in relation to First Nations peoples, with a view to possibilities for reform.
The course acknowledges the multidimensional roles of law and explores connections between law, culture and identity and between law, legitimacy and resources. Additional issues include the roles of legal education, legal practice and the legal system concerning how lawfulness and justice are constructed and performed. The course incorporates consideration of substantive areas of law such as legal ethics, property, criminal and civil law.
The course presents principles and tools to support reappraisal and future leadership to better address legal and societal dimensions of justice, rights and empowerment for First Nations peoples.
The course covers issues relating to Indigenous world views, historical and contemporary Indigenous experiences of settler-colonialism, the phenomena of legacy relationships and legacy systems, and concepts of cultural safety and decolonisation. Students will critically assess the implications of issues for themselves, relating to Indigenous peoples, and relating to the future of law and justice in Australia. As such, the course builds on concepts introduced in Lawyers, Justice and Ethics, Australian Public Law, International Law and Property Law.
Students will complete orientation workshops (max 6 hours) prior to departure, complete the on country intensive (5 days), and submit reflective assessments. Students will have six weeks after completing the intensive to write a research paper on an aspect of decolonising legal education, legal practice, law and justice in Australia and present their findings.
Students must apply to undertake this course. Please go to Law Professional Experience for application information.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Review how reflexive insights into personal and societal legacies of colonisation can relate to shifting power relations for Indigenous empowerment and Australian national building.
- Compare and contrast how concepts of cultural competency, cultural safety, cultural security and the like can operate to empower Indigenous people and improve social justice.
- Critically discuss how non-Indigenous settler-colonial knowledge systems construct their own identities and those of Indigenous peoples.
- Examine and critically evaluate conceptual and legal problems within substantive areas of law such as legal ethics, property, criminal and civil law relating to Indigenous peoples.
- Evaluate a variety of impacts of the cultural interface on legal education, legal practice, law and justice in Australia.
- Identify and evaluate a range of legal practice approaches having regard to the wishes and interests of Indigenous people and Indigenous peoples.
- Select and reflect on concrete and achievable ways in which they can promote Indigenous peoples access to justice and equality before the law.
- Conduct research into an aspect of decolonising legal education, legal practice, law and justice in Australia and present findings.
Associate Professor Anthony Hopkins began his career working for the Aboriginal Legal Service in Mparntwe/Alice Springs (now NAAJA). He was a practicing criminal defence barrister in the ACT from 2010 until May 2021 when he was appointed as a Special Magistrate sitting in the Galambany Circle Sentencing Court. He has an established track record of research scholarship (including PhD) and professional and community engagement activities focused on Indigenous justice and criminal justice law reform.
The centrepiece of this course is an on-Country intensive that will take place in Mparntwe/Alice Springs and at Uluru in the Northern Territory during the mid-semester break. Students will fly to Mparntwe/Alice Springs on Sunday 5 September 2021, travel to Uluru on Monday 6 September 2021 and depart from Uluru/Yulara on Sunday 12 September 2021. Flight and accommodation bookings and costs have been arranged and paid for by the ANU College of Law, with the support of the Chris and Kerryn Marks Travel Award.
Additional Course Costs
Food and accommodation costs are provided for, with the exception of the meals on Saturday 11 and 12 September. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have the capacity to meet these expenses and other expenses for activities they may wish to participate in on Saturday 11 September 2021. The intensive course program officially ends on the evening of Friday 10 September.
Students will need to carefully prepare for the on-Country intensive, packing clothing and other belongings that are suitable for the conditions that they may find in Central Australia. Guidance will be provided in relation to relevant resources in seminars and via Wattle in the lead up to the on-Country intensive. There is no set text for the course. Reading and other textual resources will be provided to students via the course Wattle site.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
- via rubric
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the interim scaling guideline applies to all courses in the LLB (Hons) and JD programs. Please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|3||Introduction, Orientation and Course Overview|
|6||Preparation for the on-Country Intensive|
|7||Research Project Workshop 1||Reflective Journal/Report 30%|
|8||No Seminar||Approval of Research Project Topic|
|10||Research Project Workshop 2||Work in Progress Presentation (incl Research Project Outline) 10%|
|12||No Seminar||Research Project 60%|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|On-Country Intensive Reflective Journal/Report on Experience||30 %||20/09/2021||27/09/2021||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Work in Progress Research Project Oral Presentation (incl. Research Project Outline)||10 %||11/10/2021||18/10/2021||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Research Project||60 %||25/10/2021||*||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
There is no participation mark for the course. However it is expected that all students will demonstrate a commitment to attending, listening, reflecting and engaging in all seminars and course activities before, during and after the on-Country intensive with respect, humility and enthusiasm.
There is no examination in this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
On-Country Intensive Reflective Journal/Report on Experience
Brief Description: Students are required to submit a Reflective Journal/Report on Experience following the on-Country intensive. There is no set format for this journal/report. It can take the form of a series of day by day journal entries or an overall thematic experience report. In either case, the content of the journal/report must engage with the assessment criteria/reflection topics set out below. Regardless of the format chosen for the submission, students are strongly encouraged to keep a (private) reflective journal during the on-Country intensive to record their experiences and insights as they arise. This journal will provide the foundation for the submitted assessment.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to complete the task will result in a 0 for this task.
Word limit: 1500 words maximum
Due date: 5pm Monday 20 September 2021 via Wattle. Late submission (without an extension) is permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: Monday 27 September 2021
Quality and clarity of insights and reflections in relation to some or all of the following:
- cultural humility, competency, safety, security and empowerment
- personal reactions (including emotional) to listening, engaging and responding to Indigenous Voices on-Country
- personal and societal legacies of colonisation, colonial power and Indigenous resistance
- differences between Indigenous and settler-colonial knowledge systems, law and authority
- conflicts between Indigenous and settler-colonial knowledge systems, law and authority, including the impact of this conflict
- the potential for conflict resolution and true justice
- the potential for decolonising legal education, legal practice, law and justice in Australia
- the value of on-Country Indigenous led justice education, including thoughts on which activities worked best and why
- personal and professional growth.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Work in Progress Research Project Oral Presentation (incl. Research Project Outline)
Brief Description: Students will deliver a work in progress oral presentation on their chosen research project topic. Students are also required to submit a one page outline of their research project via Turnitin prior to their oral presentation.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to complete the task will result in a 0 for this task
Time limit: 5 minutes for presentation with 2 minutes for questions and feedback.
Due date: The one page Research Project Outline must be submitted via turnitin by 5pm on Monday 11 October 2021. Oral Presentations will be delivered during the Week 10 Research Project Workshop, commencing 3pm on Tuesday 12 October 2021. Due to the nature of the task, late submission or extension is not permitted.
Estimated return date: Qualitative feedback will be provided immediately following delivery of the presentation. A mark and any further feedback by way of written comment on the one page outline will be provided via Turnitin by Monday 18 October 2021.
- Articulates research question/problem being addressed
- Links question or problem to experiences and learning arising from the on-Country intensive
- Articulates research methodology and format for the research project
- Provides clear argument in response to the question or problem
- Identifies and acknowledges sources and materials, with priority given to Indigenous authorship where possible
- Communicates with clarity, precision and accuracy
A rubric for this assessment will be made available on the Wattle site.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Brief Description: Students will complete a research project on a question or topic of their choice arising from their experience during the on-Country intensive.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Failure to complete this task will result in a 0 for this task.
Word limit: 3000 words
Release: Students are encouraged to begin thinking about potential research projects from the beginning of the course. However, the topic must have a clear link to experience arising from the mid-semester on-Country intensive. Students are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the course convenor and fellow students. Research project topics must be appoved by the course convenor no later than the end of Week 8.
Due date: 5pm Monday 25 October 2021 via Turnitin. Late submission (ie without an extension) is permitted, although late penalties will apply.
Estimated return date: Official end of semester results release date via Turnitin.
- Articulation of research question/problem being addressed
- Persuasiveness of argument in response to question or problem
- Structure and logical development
- Quality of critical analysis
- Breadth and depth of relevant research across a variety of sources, with priority given to Indigenous authorship where possible
- Clarity of communication and quality of written expression
- Referencing and compliance with AGLC
A rubric for this assessment will be made available on the Wattle site.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
- Late submission with an extension. To ensure equity for all students, the 5% penalty per working day for late submission of work does not apply if you have been given an extension. Where an extension is granted, the revised due date and submission time is provided in writing. Please note that the revised due date is calculated by including weekends and public holidays. Regardless of which day of the week the revised due date falls on, students who submit after that date are penalised by 5% of the possible marks available for the assessment task per day or part thereof.
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