SOCI222-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Maori over-representation in the criminal justice system

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course will examine one of the most pressing issues facing Aotearoa New Zealand. Students will explore historical and contemporary determinants of Maori over-representation in the criminal justice system. The course also engages with contemporary responses to the challenges we will examine, and identify future solutions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and understand the historical, social, political and cultural determinants that
influence Māori in the criminal justice system.
2. Critically analyse current government initiatives in relation to Māori over-representation.
3. Develop an original initiative aimed at reducing Māori over-representation in the criminal
justice system.
4. Describe future opportunities for addressing the issue of Māori over-representation.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level in SOCI, ANTH, CRJU, or
LAWS, or

Any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


Course Coordinators

Jarrod Gilbert and Jess Maclean


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Quiz 10% Online Quiz
Essay 25% Essay
Development Assignment 25% Development Assignment
Final Exam 40% Final Exam

Textbooks / Resources

There is no required text book. There are 2 readings per week which you must do. Engagement with the literature is an important part of the course. Other resources such as media clips will also be provided.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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