Professionals working within criminology, criminal justice, the social sciences and even community services will find this online unit a relevant and interesting examination of race and crime within the Australian justice system.
Offered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, this unit in Race, Crime and Justice is designed to dissect the complex way in which ethnicity and Indigeneity are addressed within the criminal justice system.
The unit covers everything from historical and contemporary contexts of race, through to the more specific areas of criminal justice like law, courts, policing and punishment to give students a comprehensive overview of how the system has responded to and dealt with the issue of ethnicity and Indigeneity.
By studying this unit, students are encouraged to consider new forms of crime prevention and innovative justice practices, and take this knowledge with them into the workforce.
This is a third year unit, so applicants must have a basic understanding of first and second year criminology units.
Areas of study
In this criminology unit, the topics you will study include:
Unit introduction and historical context – part 1
Historical context – part 2
Indigeneity and the law
Indigeneity, crime and victimisation
Indigeneity and mainstream policing
Indigeneity and mainstream courts
Indigeneity and punishment
Ethnicities, crime and victimisation
Ethnicities and policing
Ethnicities, sexual and domestic violence victimisation
This unit is a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
Professionals in the field of policing, criminology, criminal law and social justice will benefit from completing this unit, as it provides a comprehensive overview of the way in which the Australian criminal justice system addresses and responds to ethnicity and Indigeneity.
Such knowledge will make you a more socially conscious and informed professional, and will enhance your ability to work within Australia’s multicultural society. By completing this unit, you will:
Gain a deeper understanding of the political, legal and historical contexts of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations in Australia
Be able to identify what the key inquiries and legislations are in regards to Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations
Understand the statistical data about crime, victimisation and imprisonment, and appreciate how ethnic minority crime and victimisation occurs
Be able to critically evaluate and reflect upon criminology theories and how they relate to Indigenous peoples
Be able propose new and innovative ways to prevent crime and encourage equality in justice practices for Indigenous people
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Race, Crime and Justice from Griffith University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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