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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with and advanced knowledge of basic issues surrounding legal constructions of Indigenous identity and their legal and non-legal impact.
- Assess the importance of and demonstrate familiarity with some culturally appropriate protocols (including in the use of language).
- Analyse and critically evaluate 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.
- Analyse and critically evaluate the effect of international instruments and mechanisms on domestic legal issues affecting Indigenous peoples.
- Analyse and critically evaluate conceptual and legal problems with property law relating to Indigenous peoples.
- Identify and assess domestic and international legal avenues for protection of Indigenous rights and interests.
- Plan, design and conduct legal and general research with some independence in order to develop new understanding in a piece of research.
Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.
- Assessment 1: Participation (10) [LO null]
- Assessment 2: Online Discussions 3 x 300 words (5) [LO null]
- Assessment 3: Research Essay 2500 words (45) [LO null]
- Assessment 4: Research Essay 2000 words (40) [LO null]
- Assessment 5: Submission to the Deloitte’s Native Title Review (Optional 2% bonus) (2) [LO null]
- Assessment 6: Reflection up to 500 words (Optional 3% bonus) (3) [LO null]
- You must achieve a pass mark on each compulsory assessment task (ie all except Assessment 5 & 6) to pass the Course. None of the pieces of assessment is redeemable. (null) [LO null]
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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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