• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This intensive course will explore key issues in native title anthropology allowing students to explore the history and development of native title in a seminar context. Topics covered will include examination of key cases, the role of experts, the nature of legal reasoning, the nature and definition of key concepts such as society, normative system, laws and customs, and issues of tradition and continuity. It will conclude with consideration of the role of anthropologists in the post-litigation environment. Each day will be divided into four sessions, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. There will be visits to the Attorney-General's Native Title section, the AIATSIS's Native Title Unit, panel discussions organised and led by course participants and films, as well as the seminars.


Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. Critique the history and development of native title issues as they relate to anthropology legal reasoning as it applies in native title;
  2. identify and discuss current native title issues as they relate to anthropology;
  3. explain the role and requirements of an expert witness
  4. describe legal reasoning as it applies in native title;

Indicative Assessment

1. Annotated bibliography of readings (a minimum of 15 readings)  2000 words  (25%) [LO 1,2]

2. Two essays of 2000 words each (65%) [LO 1,2,4]

3. Participation (10%) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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5 day intensive course delivered on campus plus advance reading required. The on-campus teaching component will be 16-20 April, 2012.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

An electronic reading brick will be supplied one month before the intensive course.


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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
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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