Course syllabus

CRIM 302: The Indigenous and the Global


Are we all equal before the law? Or are groups treated differently by the criminal justice system? With particular emphasis on indigenous peoples in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, this course examines the impact of differential practices on inequalities and collective efforts to achieve social change. Concepts of restorative justice are central to this course.

Availability 2018: Semester 1


Associate Professor Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni


Natalia Lu

Tom Nicholls

Lecturer Office hours:

Thursdays: 2.00pm-3.00pm 

Main Course Text: Cunneen, Chris and Tauri, Juan. 2016. Indigenous Criminology. Bristol/Chicago: Policy Press/University of Chicago Press. Available for purchase at University Bookshop (UBIQ) from Week 3 for $58.50.

Required Readings on CANVAS

Assessment: coursework + exam

 15.0 points


CRIM 201 and 202

Course objectives

The learning aims of the course are to:

  • Familiarise students with historical and contemporary concerns in regards to indigenous issues in criminality specifically in Australia, New Zealand and the Americas, and exploring global examples
  • Facilitate students’ understanding of the global context in which criminological research and policies regarding indigenous communities takes place
  • Enable students to better understand the interface of indigenous communities with the criminal justice systems
  • Enable students to critically analyze the literature and the empirical data on indigenous criminality and critically respond to media representations of indigenous peoples as both offenders and victims
  • Allow an examination of concepts such as state crime in regards to state policies towards indigenous peoples with particular focus on the colonial and post-colonial periods
  • Develop a critical appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of criminological and sociological theory to explain issues pertaining to indigenous peoples and their experience of criminal justice systems


To achieve the course objectives you will need to:

  • Attend the weekly lecture.
  • Attend the weekly tutorial.
  • Read and understand assigned readings.
  • Complete the creative assignment on time
  • Complete the essay on time.
  • Sit the examination.


The lectures are recorded- unless we have technical issues which have occurred in the past. It takes at least 48 hours to post.

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