• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Yasmine Musharbash
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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Despite full citizenship, the expenditure of much money and effort and twenty-five years of benign government policies, the material circumstances of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have remained poor by all the standard social indicators. Their life circumstances are often a shock to those who have not seen them before and for those familiar with them the problems can seem intractable. In this course we will explore why it is so difficult to improve these circumstances by examining a range of theoretical and social issues relevant to a sociological analysis of the diversity and complexity of the surviving indigenous social orders and their location within the state.

Learning Outcomes

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

By participating fully in this course you should expect the following out comes:

  • An understanding of the public debates and reporting of issues in Indigenous affairs in Australia and an ability to deconstruct them
  • An understanding of the nature of the diverse Indigenous social orders in Australia
  • An understanding of the anthropological debates around the concepts of culture and tradition and how these relate to Indigenous affairs
  • An understanding of the complexities of policy making in this area and why achieving positive outcomes is often difficult
  • An understanding of the nature of the Australian state and its significance for understanding Indigenous affairs

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial attendance and participation (15%), 1000 word Tutorial Essay (35%) and a 2000 word Main Essay (50%).

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2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH6017. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Musharbash, Y.Yuendumu everyday, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 2008.

Neill, R. White out: how politics is killing black Australia, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2002. 





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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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4216 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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