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This subject examines the historical, social and political forces shaping contemporary relationships between the criminal justice system and racialised populations. It uses criminological theory and research to explore the common and distinct factors contributing to the disproportionate criminal justice contact experienced by a range of racialised populations across the world, from the Aboriginal and African communities of Australia, to African Americans and Latinos in the United States, and foreign nationals in European countries. The subject further evaluates some of the key attempts criminal justice agencies have made to improve their relationship with certain racialised populations, identifying and analysing the conditions under which practices such as police-community building initiatives, specialist Indigenous courts, and culturally-specific prison programs have emerged, and asking students to consider the tensions that remain within these responsive racialised practices.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand and reflect upon the socio-economic, political, cultural and historical conditions influencing criminal justice responses to racialised populations from an Australian and international perspective;
- understand and be able to apply a range of criminological and sociological theories to specific challenges associated with criminal justice responses to racialised populations;
- identify and analyse contemporary controversies and tensions associated with racialised practices of criminal justice, and
- communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- develop an understanding of complex concepts and the ability to express them in writing and orally
- demonstrate the ability to plan work and to use time effectively
- develop cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills
Last updated: 10 November 2019