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Indigenous Women and the Law - LAWS8124
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Pre-requisite: Academic Program must be 9200 or 9210 or 9230 or 5740 or 9211 or 5211 or 9220 or 5750 or 9285 or 5285.
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course, taught by two Indigenous academics, will focus on the historical and contemporary place and experience of Indigenous women within and beyond the constructs of law and society. The course will take an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to selected legal issues within Australia and internationally. Topics to be covered include: Indigenous women’s rights, leadership and participation in society; Indigenous women’s experiences in criminal and civil law contexts; and Indigenous women’s perspectives on contemporary issues relating to restorative justice, law reform, and legal advice accessibility.

LLM Specialisations

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Aims

  • Develop an understanding of the range of issues impacting on Indigenous Women’s legal and political participation;
  • Develop an understanding of the political, economic, legal and social challenges faced by Indigenous women;
  • Develop an awareness of and ability to apply interdisciplinary perspectives to their studies;
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically and to justify their ideas in a reasoned manner;
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and conduct appropriate legal research and writing.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this course should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of the range of issues impacting on Indigenous Women's legal and political participation, including a critical understanding of the policy considerations informing the law in this area;
  • demonstrate the skills of analysis and evaluation which are required to engage in practical and scholarly legal research. This will include skills necessary to plan effective research strategies; collect, retrieve and collate relevant information; analyse, evaluate and interpret information apply and report on empirical research;
  • recognise and reflect on ethical and justice issues that are likely to arise in professional practice in this area;
  • identify and formulate legal issues in this area and engage in critical analysis of those issues;
  • be able to communicate their understanding and analysis of legal and policy issues in this area to others in both legal and non-legal formats.


Class participation 20%
Research essay 80%

Course Texts

To be advised


A full up-to date reading list will be provided in the course outline.

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