• Class Number 7203
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr William Fogarty
    • Dr William Fogarty
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

Indigenous Peoples and Development in Australia: principles and practices for Indigenous-led change (INDG8001)

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand Indigenous priorities for development;
  2. articulate major debates in the theory and practice of Indigenous development;
  3. analyse other people's writing about Indigenous development; and
  4. write critically and analytically about Australian Indigenous development theory and practice.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction Discourses and theories of Indigenous Development Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am. First post due Tuesday 3rd August)
2 Discourses and theories of Indigenous Development (cont) Case study Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
3 Land Rights and Development Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
4 Sovereignty: Agreement Making, Treaty Processes and Self-determination Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
5 Indigenous Governance and Development Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am). First Essay due 5pm Sunday 29th August
6 Data and Deficit in Development: Sovereignty, Intellectual and cultural property and Indicators of success Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
7 Mining, Constructs of work and local development aspirations Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
8 Developing up: Community Development, structure and agency Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
9 Looking after Land and Sea Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
10 Gender, strength based approaches and well-being in Development An urban Case study Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
11 Place-based Development and Learning on Country Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am). Second Essay due 5pm Sunday 24th October
12 The big debate: Indigenous Leadership and Development futures Course reflections Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).

Tutorial Registration

Not required

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online Discussion Forum 30 % * * 1,2
First Essay 30 % 29/08/2021 13/09/2021 1,2,3
Second Essay 40 % 24/10/2021 07/11/2021 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Online Discussion Forum

Task: There are two parts to this task. The first part is to post weekly responses to your chosen forum question. We will discuss responses in the following weekly online class. You are required to post nine (9) responses during semester. You can miss up to two weeks during semester but you must complete postings for weeks 1 and 2. This part is worth 20% of the overall 30% for this assessment task.

The second part to this task is to present an oral summary of forum’s responses for one week only. This is a short summary 5 minutes maximum. You must present a summary of class responses in your own words and outline your own response to the postings noting key points of agreement and/or any missing issues or angles in the class responses. A written summary of your presentation points (one page max) is to be submitted to the Convenor. You need to do this once only. You can choose your week during the week one class. (worth 10% of the overall 30% for this assessment task)

Word limit: Post approximately 150 word responses (about 1,500 words over the length of the course).

Due Date: Weekly Postings are due Tuesday 9am of each week; the one-off written Forum Summary (one page max) is due on the day you present to the class.

Value: 30% for INDG8001

Assessment criteria:

-      For weekly postings, these are assessed for their timeliness and the degree to which they directly address the question in one’s own words (not quotes) and with reference to the course readings.

-      For the Forum Summary, this is assessed on the accuracy of your summary of responses, whether you’ve noted any inconsistencies and critical missing pieces of information or issues. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 29/08/2021
Return of Assessment: 13/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

First Essay

Task: Write an essay addressing one of the following topics:

1.    How do you understand the concept of self-determination in relation to Indigenous development and why might it be important?

2.    Why is sovereignty a critical concept when thinking about development in the context of First Nations peoples? Use examples to illustrate your point, eg data sovereignty, treaty discussions.

3.    Why are rights in land such a fundamental yet contested component in Indigenous development discourse? Discuss with examples from Australia and/or Overseas

Word limit: 1500-2000 words.

Due Date: 5pm Sunday 29th August

Value: 30% for INDG8001

Estimated return date: 5pm Sunday 13th September

Essay Writing Guides for Postgraduate Students:

Before attempting this essay, you are urged to consult the ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre's excellent guides located in the Assessment Details block on the Course Website. The guides set out how to approach, structure and present an essay and include dedicated sections on academic writing and referencing, very useful for those of you returning to study after a break.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 24/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 07/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Second Essay

Assessment Task 3: Second Essay

Before attempting this second essay, refer again to the ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre's guides in the Assessment Details block on the Course Website.

Task: Write an essay addressing one of the topics below that most interests you from the course.

1.    What are the opportunities and constraints for Indigenous-led development on the Indigenous Estate? Use case study examples to illustrate your points.

2.    Why might there be competing and/or recurring discourses of development in the Indigenous space? Use examples of one or two discourses of development to illustrate your point.

3.    Place-based and/or community development approaches can yield positive results for Indigenous communities but what gets in the way of these being implemented?

4.    How might understandings of ‘deficit discourse’ and ‘strength based approaches’ influence Indigenous development ideals?

5.    What is Indigenous governance and why does the governance of government affect the achievement of development in Australia?

Word limit: 3,000 words.

Due Date: 5pm Sunday 24th October

Value: 40% for INDG8001

Estimated return date: 5pm Sunday 7th November

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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