• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicholas Biddle
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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Public policy development and implementation and Indigenous Australians (INDG3001)

This course examines the types of public policies governments pursue, or could pursue, in relation to Indigenous people and the impact of these policies. The course will explore what is meant by ‘Indigenous policy’ and trace the various policy approaches since colonisation. The course will use a number of contemporary case studies  to illustrate a range of different policy approaches, the objectives of the policies and different views about success or otherwise of policies. The case studies will also cover policy implementation issues. Areas covered will include land rights and self-determination, native title, economic development, labour market policy and the Northern Territory Emergency Response. The course will include guest lectures from Indigenous leaders, community workers and those involved in developing policies that impact on Indigenous Australians and the delivery of services.  It is focused on understanding and evaluating significant public policies which impact on the Indigenous population.

The primary focus is on the Australian experience but the situation in the other settler-majority nation-states of New Zealand, Canada and the USA will also be examined.

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. contribute to the development and/or assessment of public policies (both social and economic) that impact upon Indigenous Australians;
  2. understand policy implementation issues;
  3. draw upon the experiences of the impact of public policy on Indigenous people in other settler nation-states to analyse and reflect on Australian Indigenous policy; and
  4. critically evaluate competing interests in Indigenous policy and the processes used to develop Indigenous policies.

Indicative Assessment

Proposed assessment is:

  • A major essay (3000 words, 60%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
  • Critical review (1500 words, 30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 4]
  • Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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26 hours of lectures and 13 hours of tutorials plus 91 hours of private study. Students are expected to commit up to 10 hours per week (contact plus non-contact) to this course.




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

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8702 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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