• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest History, Indigenous Australian Studies, Law, Policy Studies, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr William Sanders
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course explores public policy towards Indigenous Australians both in recent years and historically.
The idea of competing principles in Indigenous policy and practice is introduced. How the balancing of these might vary, both over time and geographically, is discussed. The roles of specialist knowledge, evidence, ideology and morality in the Indigenous policy arena are also discussed, while introducing a ‘three accounts’ approach to policy and governance.

The course then examines a number of policy sectors which are central to recent debates in the Indigenous policy arena. These may change over time but could include: income support, alcohol, child protection, health, housing, land and education. Different sectors are used to think about various aspects and patterns of Indigenous policy processes, such as relations between Indigenous–specific and general policy mechanisms, the changing balancing of competing principles and the differential involvement in various sectors of the levels of Australian government.  

Recent experiments in ‘mainstreaming’ and whole-of-government policy will also be explored, both for their strengths and limitations. Finally we look at the ideas of failure and success in Australian Indigenous policy and how they relate to rhetorical registers and generational dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon  successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. engage in informed debate about Australian government policy and practice towards Indigenous people;
  2. analyse other people’s writing about Indigenous policy;
  3. write critically and analytically, about Australian Indigenous affairs policy debates; and
  4. appreciate the processes of research design and communication, identifying lines of argument and methods for both pursuing them and presenting them to others.

Indicative Assessment

First 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 5000 words 40% (LO 4)
20 minute Presentation during development of Major Project 10% (L0 4)
 

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Workload

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks.  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 ANTH8040 or ANTH8029 or INDG8004.

Prescribed Texts

Coercive Reconciliation (Altman and Hinkson eds 2007) will be mailed to students after enrolment on provision of a hard mail address. All other readings will be accessible through the course WATTLE site.

Specialisations

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
In Person
4661 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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