• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Julie Lahn
    • Janet Hunt
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course explores the theory and practice of development as it relates to Indigenous peoples in Australia. It outlines the various ideas and models for Indigenous development that have been advanced over the years and considers these in light of the latest information on Indigenous socioeconomic status and development practice. Along the way it assesses whether the aim of development is to achieve equality in outcomes or to facilitate choice and self-determination, whether such goals are mutually exclusive, and how they might best be achieved, top-down or bottom-up?
The course links these questions to debates and practice in the international development arena with a view to exploring an appropriate conceptualisation of Indigenous Australian development. With some focus on remote areas, lectures are presented by a selection of Australia's leading social science researchers and development practitioners.
Specific topics covered include the relationship between demography and development, measures of poverty and inequality, land tenure and development, hybrid economies, cultural and natural resource management, engagement with large-scale resource projects, the accommodation of culture, development in cities, and the role of government and governance. 

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. Articulate the major debates about the theory and practice of Indigenous development;
  2. Analyse other people's writing about Indigenous development;
  3. Write critically and analytically about Australian Indigenous development theory and practice and the surrounding debates; and
  4. Demonstrate the process of research design including: articulate a research problem, use appropriate analytical approaches and supporting evidence, and choose styles of presentation.

Indicative Assessment

Minor Essay 1500 words 12.5% (LO 1,2,3)
Major Essay 3000 words 25% (LO 1,2,3)
Discussion Forums 1500 words 12.5% (LO 1,2)
Major Project 6000 words 50% (LO 1,2,3,4)

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One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour lecture discussion as a group per week for 13 weeks for students who attend classes. For online students, 2hour recorded lecture and one hour online discussion via Adobe Connect. Students are expected to commit a further 17 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 260 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH8045 or ANTH8046 or INDG8001.

Prescribed Texts

All readings will be accessible through the Wattle site.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $5208
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $8292
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3747 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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