• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Australian Indigenous Studies, Policy Studies
  • Specialisation code IPDV-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
Indigenous Policy and Development Specialisation

Indigenous policy presents significant challenges, requiring specialised understanding and expertise.

With the Indigenous Policy and Development Specialisation you'll learn from the experts, including staff from Australia's leading centre on Indigenous economic and social policy issues - The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR).

You will graduate with an understanding of Indigenous views and approaches to development, and be able to apply them to Indigenous policy and development activities.

Career opportunities

The Indigenous Policy and Development Specialisation will advance your career in development, policy, and program management focusing on Indigenous issues, in government and non-government organisations, Indigenous organisations, or as an independent consultant.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
    1. demonstrate understanding of the nature and impact of European colonization on Indigenous peoples, especially in the Australian context;
    2. engage in informed debate about current and past Australian government policy and practice towards Indigenous people;
    3. analyse development contexts for NGOs, the private sector, and government agencies with particular attention to the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives;
    4. articulate the major currents in development theory and practice as they apply to Indigenous peoples;
    5. write critically and analytically about contentious issues in Australian Indigenous policy and development;
    6. demonstrate understanding of appropriate strategies of inquiry to inform Indigenous policy and development;
    7. reflect critically on their own experiences of Indigenous policy and/or Indigenous development in light of the concepts and methods introduced.
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      This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

      A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

      INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development
      INDG8002 Australian Indigenous Development (Advanced)

      A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

      INDG8004 Australian Indigenous Policy
      INDG8005 Australian Indigenous Policy (Advanced)

      A minimum of 6 from completion of courses from the following list:

      INDG8003 Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change
      INDG8006 International Indigenous Studies Research Project 
      HIST8016 Settler Societies and Indigenous Encounters

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