Indigenous People and Social Control

Subject MULT30017 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty contact hours per semester. one 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies or Criminology or Sociology or Indigenous Studies at Levels 1 & 2.

Non Allowed Subjects:

CRIM30008 Crime, Whiteness and Indigenous People

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Ms Sarah James


Subject Overview:

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.

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.
  • An essay of 2500 words (65%) due mid-semester.
  • A take-home exam of 1500 words (35%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reading pack will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Criminology Major
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Criminology
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Politics and International Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Sociology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Anthropology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Criminology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Politics and International Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Sociology
Political Science Major
Politics and International Studies

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