• Offered by Resource Management in Asia Pacific
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sanghamitra Mahanty
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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Through critical social inquiry this course examines the triangular relationship between indigenous peoples or communities, the agents that target their resources for extraction or conservation, and the various agencies and organisations involved in resource governance. After examining some foundational concepts in the first three weeks, the course uses a series of case studies to examine four major themes in resource negotiations with indigenous peoples: the relationships and roles of different actors, institutional contexts, knowledge and power. These themes are examined in a variety of national settings across the Asia-Pacific region (including Australia) in order to compare and contrast indigenous resource negotiations in these different jurisdictions.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills, in relation to indigenous peoples and natural resources, to:

1.       Understand and compare the social and political context for interaction between indigenous, civil society, state and private sector actors in selected countries of the Asia-Pacific.

2.       Explain and evaluate how social, cultural, political and economic parameters shape resource negotiations between these groups.

3.       Contribute to the design and implementation of collaborative  negotiation processes between indigenous and other actors. 

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Semester 1

This course is provided through flexible delivery to both on campus and off campus students. Off-campus students will be required to participate in online discussions.  


Indicative Assessment

1.       Essay (1500 words; 30%; Learning outcomes 1 & 2) that critically analyses the concept of indigeneity, drawing on course readings.

2.       Learning Portfolio with four tasks related to an online role-play about resource negotiations between indigenous, state, private, and civil society actors (70%; Learning outcomes 1, 2, & 3)

a.       Group statement (500 words; 10%; Learning outcome 1 &3) demonstrates each group’s analysis and understanding of its role and interests in the form of a statement that introduces it to other groups.

b.       Individual contribution to group negotiations (ongoing over 7 weeks; 20%; Learning outcome 3): online evidence of student contribution to their group through research, strategy development and negotiation with other groups.

c.        Contribution to online debrief about the role play (3 posts, 10%; Learning outcomes 2 & 3), in responding to debrief questions and posts by other students.

d.       Reflection paper (1500 words, 30%; Learning outcomes 1, 2 & 3), which examines the role play process and outcomes in light of concepts and literature covered in the course.


Summary: Essay (30%); Learning Portfolio (70%)

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100 hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH8044.

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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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
2173 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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