JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice: An Introduction (8)

This subject provide students with foundational knowledge in Indigenous Australian Studies from which to build their discipline-specific understandings and skills and ability to work effectively in Indigenous contexts. It is constructed within the framework of the findings of The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and a Cultural Competence pedagogical framework which enhances the development of student graduates active citizenship and engagement in reconciliation and the achievement of social justice for Indigenous Australians. Students will be exposed to a body of information critiquing the meta-paradigm and methodologies of the discipline of justice studies and its historical involvement with Indigenous Australians, and the implications of this for contemporary criminal justice practice.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST123. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine the ways in which government responses to Indigenous Australian people affect access to justice for Indigenous Australian people
  • be able to demonstrate critical reflection on the self as an individual and professional, and upon the discipline, including its paradigms, assumptions, methodologies and history of interaction with Indigenous Australian peoples and communities
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous community protocols and the major issues and strategies relevant to working effectively in Indigenous contexts
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the richness and diversity of pre- and post-invasion Indigenous Australian cultures and the continuity and change in aspects of cultures past and present
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the socio-economic and political policies, practices and ideological processes of colonisation and their impact upon Indigenous Australians and their cultures


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Law, kinship and relations to land, and the relationship between these factors and identity and self-concept
  • Citizenship and Indigenous Australian activism and resistance
  • The international context - individual and collective rights and international comparisons
  • Over-representation and Justice Institutions
  • Self-determination and justice initiatives including youth conferencing and crime prevention
  • Pre-invasion Indigenous Australian cultures, including an introduction to The Dreaming as a world view
  • The historical and political processes of colonisation including the forcible removal of children and the role of police and social welfare agencies
  • Encampment racism and the law - historical and contemporary
  • Social justice and contemporary issues impacting upon or of concern to Indigenous Australians today, and the relationship between these factors and mental health and wellbeing


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.