IKC405 Indigenous Australians and Criminal Justice (8)

This subject has been designed to enable students to closely examine the complex relationships between Indigenous Australian peoples and the Australian criminal justice system. This subject applies a sociocultural and historical framework to enable students to critically analyse the impacts of health, education and socio-economics on these complex relationships. Students will critique dominating frameworks of Western approaches to justice, rehabilitation, and recidivism to develop a foundation for practice that is community-driven and culturally responsive. Dimensions of power, class, race and culture in Australian criminal justice will be examined through neo-colonial, decolonising, and critical race theory. Students will demonstrate advanced knowledge of protocols for working with Indigenous Australian peoples in professional contexts.


Session 1 (30)
Dubbo Campus
Session 2 (60)
Dubbo Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: IKC405. 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


School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse the impact of historical and socio-cultural theories and practices of criminal justice in Australia and analyse and apply contemporary theoretical perspectives in Criminology;
  • be able to critically reflect on and analyse the impact of Western perspectives of criminal justice on Indigenous communities, cultures, and peoples;
  • be able to analyse and critically reflect on the relationships between Indigenous Australian peoples and the Australian criminal justice system to identify key issues and solutions; and
  • be able to apply culturally relevant research approaches to design a criminal justice workplace project using an Indigenist framework that respects protocols for working with Indigenous Australian peoples.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: History, Theory and Critical Self-Reflection
  • Topic 1: Theoretical perspectives in Criminology
  • Topic 2: The criminalisation of poverty in Australia
  • Topic 3: Indigenous Australian sovereignty
  • Topic 4: Close Case Study Analysis
  • Module 2: Theoretical Approaches and Contemporary Criminal Justice in Australia
  • Topic 1: Institutionalised racism, racialisation, and Indigenous imprisonment
  • Topic 2: The theatre of courtroom and neo-colonialism
  • Topic 3: The role of social media, media in transforming institutionalised approaches to Indigenous interactions with the criminal justice system
  • Topic 4: Western criminal justice and contemporary Indigenous Australian justice practices
  • Module 3: Workplace Project for the Professions
  • Topic 1: Standpoint statement and framing the workplace project
  • Topic 2: Project design and protocols for working with Indigenous Australian peoples
  • Topic 3: Examination of key issues and identifying solutions
  • Topic 4: Applying culturally competent solutions in the workplace

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.