Race, Crime and Justice

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Race, Crime and Justice

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Drawing on the Australian context, this course examines the contemporary and historical significance of Indigeneity in structuring patterns of law making, offending, victimisation, criminal justice system responses and experiences; and considers new forms of crime prevention and innovative justice practices. Emerging issues relating to ethnicities, crime, victimisation and the criminal justice system will also be addressed.
    Course Introduction
    In Australia there is on-going public and governmental concern for the recognition of Indigenous peoples rights and, more recently migrant and other culturally diverse groups. Crime control policies/programs and operation of the Australian criminal justice system are frequently critiqued for being inequitable, intolerant and ignorant towards Indigenous peoples and also ethnic minorities. It is essential that students of criminology and criminal justice have an understanding of how Indigeneity and ethnicities impact crime, victimisation and the criminal justice system. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundation from which they can begin to develop this understanding.
    Course Aims
    Race, Crime and Justice examines the significance of Indigeneity and Ethnicities in structuring patterns of law-breaking, victimisation, police and court responses. It also considers the imprisonment of Indigenous Australians and new ways of "doing justice" for this nation's first peoples
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Understand the historical, political and legal contexts of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations in Australia
    2 Understand the key inquires and legislation related to Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations
    3 Develop a knowledge of statistical data on crime, victimisation and imprisonment
    4 Understand and critically reflect on mainstream criminological theory as it relates to Indigenous peoples
    5 Develop knowledge of innovative justice practices and new forms of crime prevention and crime control utilised by or for Indigenous peoples
    6 Develop knowledge about ethnic minority crime and victimisation
    7 Students should also develop their capacity to think critically about Indigeneity, ethnicities, crime, victimisation and criminal justice; and the capacity to write and verbalise this clearly and analytically.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment


    Test or quiz
    On-Line Quiz


    Exam - constructed response
    Final Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.