Aboriginal Law (Aut) (M2999)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

You will compare and contrast the development of Aboriginal law in different jurisdictions. You will explore how the colonisation of Aboriginal lands by European settler populations has shaped Aboriginal peoples’ access to justice in the different jurisdictions studied. The module is designed to get you to think critically about Indigenous jurisprudence and legal perspectives and how they compete with, challenge, and sit alongside Anglo-European legal accounts.

In the second half of the module you will examine social justice issues predominately affecting Aboriginal people in settler colonies.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: