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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to Indigenous Jurisprudence by examining Country as the source of lawful relations. Students engage in collaborative, narrative and land-based learning approaches with scholars and Indigenous Legal/Knowledge authorities, learning to enact protocols for respectful engagement with Indigenous Jurisprudence.

Unit content

This unit covers the following topics:

  1. Living with multiple legalities
  2. Learning from and relating to Indigenous Jurisprudence
  3. Legal patterning and Indigenous Jurisprudence: how and where laws ‘live’
  4. Respectful dialogue: speaking with (not to) Indigenous Jurisprudence

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 Demonstrate an understanding of the cosmologies, ontologies and epistemologies that underpin and are enacted through Indigenous Jurisprudence, including the interconnectedness of law, culture, kinship, knowledge, language and Country.
2 Explain the significance of legal patterning in terms of people-Country-law relationships and the broader relevance of Indigenous Jurisprudence to Australian society.
3 Critically reflect upon one’s own situatedness in relation to Indigenous Jurisprudence and Country.
4 Demonstrate a capacity to engage in respectful and culturally safe dialogue.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the cosmologies, ontologies and epistemologies that underpin and are enacted through Indigenous Jurisprudence, including the interconnectedness of law, culture, kinship, knowledge, language and Country.
  2. Explain the significance of legal patterning in terms of people-Country-law relationships and the broader relevance of Indigenous Jurisprudence to Australian society.
  3. Critically reflect upon one’s own situatedness in relation to Indigenous Jurisprudence and Country.
  4. Demonstrate a capacity to engage in respectful and culturally safe dialogue.