- Code INDG8005
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Indigenous Studies
- Areas of interest History, Indigenous Australian Studies, Law, Policy Studies, Human Rights
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- engage in informed debate about Australian government policy and practice towards Indigenous people;
- analyse other people's writing about Indigenous policy;
- write critically and analytically, about Australian Indigenous affairs policy debates; and
- appreciate the processes of research design and communication, identifying lines of argument and methods for both pursuing them and presenting them to others.
- First Essay, 1500 words (12) [LO 1,2,3]
- Major Essay, 3000 words (25) [LO 1,2,3]
- Discussion Forums, 1500 words (13) [LO 1,2]
- Major Project, 5000 words (40) [LO 4]
- Presentation during development of Major Project, 20 mins (10) [LO 4]
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Workload260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities.
b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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