ACR214 - Inequality, Power and Justice

Year: 2022 unit information
Enrolment modes:

New unit commencing 2023

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

Students must complete 4 credit points at any unit level



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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Criminal justice processes disproportionately expose women, indigenous people, people with intellectual disabilities, LGBTQIA + people and many others to disproportionate forms of harm. These forms of discrimination have, in some cases, led to death, serious injury and more widespread cultural destruction or persecution. This unit adopts a critical framework to critique Australian criminal justice and its legacies of inequality. It is informed by a range of critical indigenous, gender and disabilities perspectives to critique mainstream understandings of crime and its control, in conjunction with leading critical scholars from NIKERI. The aim is to educate students on the harms caused by criminal justice intervention and how these can compromise the pursuit of self-determination for individuals and groups who experience structural disadvantage. The unit also examines how indigenous knowledge, critical gender theories, and other approaches to examining discrimination provide important frameworks for understanding the relationships between space, land, and respect, that are often violated by criminal justice and crime control policies. This critical focus aims to open up new pathways for improved criminal justice practices for promoting equality, safety and limiting harm at both individual and group levels, amongst people who are commonly underrepresented in criminal justice debates.

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