• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Inge Kral
    • Dr Sean Kerins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course introduces students to notions of Indigenous peoples, populations and communities through a number of academic and Indigenous perspectives. Using a number of case studies the course explores five major subject areas: Cultures and Language; Politics, Policy and Law; Environment and Development; Health and Wellbeing; and Cultural Arts. The course is a starting point for the Australian Indigenous Studies Major and Minor, and complements a variety of allied fields of study. The course deploys social science theories and Indigenous knowledge frameworks to analyse the relationship of Indigenous peoples their land and seas and with wider Australia through four major themes: identity, equity, representation and resilience. A critical component of the course is two-way learning that draws on Indigenous and Western domains of knowledge as presented by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics and cultural practitioners

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and critique the historical developments of perspectives of Indigenous peoples and populations in Australia;
  2. Compare and describe differing forms of Indigenous development initiatives;
  3. Work in small groups to explain issues related to Indigenous peoples and populations;
  4. Identify and compare differing policy approaches to Indigenous peoples’ development; and
  5. Construct relationships and connections between different fields of study related to Indigenous peoples and populations

Indicative Assessment

    • Major essay of 2500 words (60%) (LOs 1,2,4,5)
    • Assignment of up to 1000 words and visual materials (30%) (LOs 2,4,5)
    • Tutorial participation (10%) (LOs 1 - 5)

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    2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week over 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week (130 hours total workload over the semester).

    Prescribed Texts

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    Unit value:
    6 units

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    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee Description
    1994-2003 $1470
    2014 $2478
    2013 $2478
    2012 $2358
    2011 $2310
    2010 $2250
    2009 $2178
    2008 $2178
    2007 $2178
    2006 $2178
    2005 $2178
    2004 $1836
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    Year Fee
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    2014 $3246
    2013 $3246
    2012 $3090
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    2010 $3090
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    2008 $3090
    2007 $2988
    2006 $2988
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    2004 $2778
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    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    4994 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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