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.
This topic aims to: