• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Julie Lahn
    • Mandy Yap
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course explores established and emerging Indigenous concerns and priorities in relation to the theory and practice of development. It maintains a strong focus on the

local Australian context but also engages international comparisons. The course is arranged as a series of curated seminars presented by academics and practitioners, First Nations and non-Indigenous peoples.

Topics covered include Indigenous statistics and data sovereignty, Indigenous approaches to wellbeing and sustainability, deficit versus strengths-based approaches, community development, alternate development, land tenure and development in place, Indigenous economies, cultural and natural resource management, young people and development, engagement with large-scale resource projects, the significance of culture, development in urban locales and the role of government and governance.

This course is co-taught with INDG8001 but includes provision for students to undertake a desktop research project on a negotiated topic related to Indigenous peoples and development.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities for development;
  2. Articulate major debates in the theory and practice of Indigenous development;
  3. Analyse other people's writing about Indigenous development;
  4. Write critically and analytically about Indigenous development theory and practice as it relates to Australia;
  5. demonstrate the process of research design, including articulate a research problem, use appropriate analytical approaches and supporting evidence, and choose styles of presentation.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Brief, 1200 words (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Major Essay, 3000 words (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Forum Postings, 1800 words (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Major Project, 6000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The mode of delivery for this course may be either in person or online:

In person: 260 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 discussion groups.

b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Online: 260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 12 hours of contact over 12 weeks of online discussion groups.

b) 24 hours of recorded lectures.

b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH8045 or ANTH8046 or INDG8001.

You will need to contact the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

All readings will be accessible through the Wattle site.

Assumed Knowledge

A solid knowledge of Indigenous Issues, relevant to Australian or international contexts is required.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $7140
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $10920
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
8026 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A
9763 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online N/A

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