• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Annick Thomassin
    • Dr Francis Markham
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course examines public policy through the lens of the relationships between First Nations peoples and the state in Australia. The course will explore the shifting relations between First Nations peoples and colonial, state/territory and Commonwealth governments from invasion and colonisation until today, and trace the associated approaches to public policy. It is focused on understanding and assessing significant public policies which affect First Nations peoples.

The course equips students to understand how public policy affects First Nations peoples differently. It investigates the public policy objectives of governments and how these relate to the rights and aspirations of First Nations peoples. It introduces students to the competing interests and key agents that shape the development, implementation, and delivery of public policies that affect First Nations peoples, including First Nations activism for policy change.

The course examines a number of contemporary case studies to illustrate a range of approaches to public policy. Areas covered include agreement making, land rights and native title, economic development, labour market policy and education policy. The course includes guest lectures from First Nations and non-Indigenous experts in a range of public policy fields.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. contribute to the assessment of public policies that affect First Nations peoples in Australia, including through a range of approaches to critical analysis;
  2. understand how the changes to the relationships between First Nations peoples and the state relate to changes to public policy; and
  3. critically evaluate competing interests in Indigenous public policy and the processes of policy-making.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Major essay, 3000 words (60) [LO null]
  2. Reflective journal entries, 10 x 250-300 words (30) [LO null]
  3. Tutorial participation (10) [LO null]

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130 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 tutorials; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

There are no inherent requirements

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed a total of 36 units of courses completed towards a degree program.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts are not required.

Assumed Knowledge

INDG1001 (Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities) is recommended but not required.




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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7757 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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