1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
POLI3055 has been successfully completed
Course context
Associated majors: Political Studies; Public Policy; Development Studies; Australian Studies; Indigenous Studies minor

Bachelor of Public Administration; Bachelor of Social Work
Topic description
This topic will examine the political situation of Australia's Indigenous peoples as a national minority in a western democratic society. Students will explore the impact of colonisation on Indigenous Australians and consider aspects of the contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. A range of policy issues will be considered, including justice, recognition of traditional law, native title, welfare and socio-economic disadvantage. The topic will also address over-arching themes of sovereignty, reconciliation and self-determination and consider the response of Australian governments to the political agenda of Indigenous activists.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  • provide an understanding of the development and contemporary context of the political relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • develop an awareness of the historical, cultural and political determinants of policy outcomes for Australian Indigenous peoples and an ability to analyse these factors
  • identify theoretical perspectives which provide a basis for critique of Australian Indigenous issues
  • provide students with an opportunity to develop critical thinking and independent research skills
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students should:
  • understand the historical, cultural and political context of current Australian Indigenous policy;
  • be able to identify key policy issues and analyse the broader context of Indigenous political activities
  • be aware of relevant theoretical perspectives, including Indigenous perspectives, and apply them to specific policy issues
  • have developed research and critical thinking skills and be able to work independently on supervised projects.