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This subject offers an examination of the relationships between indigenous people and the major systems of social control such as the criminal justice system, education, welfare and health. It explores the experiences and outcomes of Indigenous exposure to selected agencies within those systems. It considers different theoretical perspectives on the processes of Indigenous marginalisation, criminalisation and victimisation, and examines specific issues such as exclusion, racism, differential policing, over-representation and access to justice. It explores and evaluates institutional reforms designed in partnerships with relevant communities to redress Indigenous disadvantage.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Have developed a knowledge of how systems of social control operate in relation to Indigenous people;
- Have a critical understanding of the history of Indigenous exposure to the policies and practices of selected social control institutions;
- Have developed an appreciation of different theoretical explanations in relation to Indigenous status, exclusion, criminality, victimisation and reform;
- Be aware of the complexities of research and analysis which is sensitive to the intersections between race, ethnicity, class and gender in social life;
- Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
Last updated: 9 September 2021