Faculty of Arts

CRIM 302

Criminology: 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.

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 analyse 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 postcolonial 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



Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Sailau Suaali-Sauni


A course reader will be made available if required


Coursework + exam


CRIM 302: 15.0 points


15 points from CRIM 201, 202

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