1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
POLI3055 has been successfully completed
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 completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the historical, cultural and political context of current Australian Indigenous policy
  2. Identify key policy issues and analyse the broader context of Indigenous political activities
  3. Recognise and apply relevant theoretical perspectives, including Indigenous perspectives to specific policy issues
  4. Apply research and critical thinking skills

  5. Work independently on supervised projects