- Code INDG1002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Indigenous Studies
- Areas of interest Australian Studies, Indigenous Australian Studies, Law, Human Rights
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course surveys key legal and political moments in the steps towards (and resisting setbacks from) Indigenous self-determination in Australia. Imperial, colonial, state and other government policy and laws regarding Indigenous peoples in Australia from the start of British colonisation until now are discussed. Students will learn about:
- the rule of law and its uneven application to Indigenous people;
- Australia’s international obligations in relation to human rights and Indigenous Rights and how the Australian Government has met those obligations or otherwise;
- egregious breaches of Indigenous peoples’ rights in Australia, such as Government policies and practices in relation to separation of families from children and Government tolerance of stolen wages;
- the history of the Australian Constitution in relation to Indigenous peoples, the 1967 Referendum, and Indigenous calls for Constitutional Reform;
- Indigenous sovereignty and consider what a treaty can look like; and
- some of the political struggles by Indigenous peoples towards securing self-determination and recognition of sovereignty.
This is an introductory course in civics from Indigenous perspectives that is intended for all students from every discipline.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an informed understanding of the history of Indigenous peoples' civil, political and legal rights in the context of Australian Indigenous history and culture, and policies pertaining to Indigenous peoples in Australia;
- analyse the ways in which history and culture informs Australian Indigenous perspectives on civil, political and legal rights including responses to policy;
- demonstrate an informed understanding of Australian Indigenous peoples' civil, political and legal rights in the context of Australian Indigenous cultures and traditions; and
- demonstrate a comparative knowledge of Australian Indigenous concerns regarding civil, political and legal rights in the global context.
- Weekly online forum contribution (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Mid semester Individual Reflective Report, 500 words, based on portfolio of appended weekly reflections (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Individual Research Essay, 2500 words OR Creative work plus exegesis, 1500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final individual reflective report, 1250 words, based on appended portfolio of weekly refections (25) [LO 2,3]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 22 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars 2 x 3 hour field trips; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
(Note that the contact hours include compulsory attendance at the first class of the course that concerns student health, safety, emotional wellbeing, and cultural safety)
Readings and other materials will be available on or through Wattle.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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