• Class Number 6556
  • Term Code 3270
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic First Nations Economies, Stewardship and Prosperit
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Annick Thomassin
    • Annick Thomassin
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 05/09/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 07/10/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 06/09/2022
SELT Survey Results

From time to time, we offer a unique course in a special topic in Australian Indigenous Studies (AuIS) or relevant to AuIS. Such a course may concern a special topic that primarily concerns another area of study in the broad field of global Indigenous Studies.

The course content will vary each time, as the field of AuIS develops and to reflect the interests and expertise of those teaching the course. A special topic may be taught by a visiting guest lecturer and/or our academic staff. On occasions, there may be opportunities for our students to have in-place learning experiences (that is, still on Country but away from the Acton campus). This course may be delivered intensively, semi-intensively or over a semester.   Information about these courses is posted on ANU's AuIS webpage and the AIS Community page on Wattle (current students and staff may join this community page).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe concepts and arguments arising from the field of Indigenous Studies;
  2. evaluate those concepts and arguments to a level consistent with the expectations of the field of study / discipline; and
  3. explain issues, arguments, and responses through written and/or oral form.

Research-Led Teaching

Annick is a social anthropologist and political ecologist working across a range of topics including coastal resources (co)-management, Indigenous ?sheries and environmental stewardship practices, Indigenous economic perspectives, Indigenous-settler state relations, intersection of Indigenous and Western ontologies, and conceptualisations of sovereignty. Over these years, she has worked closely with Indigenous partners and strive to assemble methodologies and methods informed by Indigenous perspectives and privileging two-way knowledge exchanges. Most of my work and studies so far have been focused on the Australian, Canadian and Vietnamese contexts.

Titled Ina ngalmun lagau malu’ (This Part of the Sea Belongs to Us): Politics, Sea rights and Fisheries Co-management in the Torres Strait, her doctoral research explored how specific standpoints on marine territories ownership, resource management and economic development informing fisheries management structure tend to impede genuine dialogues and collaborations between the Torres Strait Islanders and the Commonwealth government in Australia.

Annick is a co-convener of INDG2001 – Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management and convener of INDG 3005 – First Nations Economies, Stewardship and Prosperities. 

Field Trips

While the Covid19 pandemic persists, there will be no curricular field trips or excursions. We encourage students to engage with local events in the Country you are in, and will let you know about some online experiences that become possible.

Examination Material or equipment

Students must have good access to the internet and a reliable computer to complete assessment tasks, including any take-home examination.

Required Resources

Students must be able to access the internet and have use of a computer to join access class materials, join classes and complete assessment tasks. Students must have a working camera turned on during workshops. All readings and materials will be accessible via links from the wattle site to library resources, including written, audio and visual materials.

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: written comments, verbal comments, and whole-of-class feedback. Feedback may be given to students in groups or focus groups, through class representatives (where relevant), or directly to individuals.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Special Topic Spring 2022 – ‘First Nations Economies, Stewardship and Prosperities ’

Taught as a Spring Intensive course from 5 - 16 September 2022

Course summary:

This course explores the rich and diverse historical and contemporary Indigenous economies and their intersection with settler economic structures and perspectives. It centres on First Nations’ perspectives and conceptualisations of ‘an economy’ and explores academic debates about this. Students will gain critical insights into Indigenous economies, pre-colonial and contemporary First Nations economic activities, philosophies, and aspirations, and will explore First Nations Peoples’ perspectives on economic development, wellbeing and prosperity. The various concepts, standpoints and theories examined will be applied to develop insight into the complexity of contemporary First Nations economic activity in Australia and internationally. 

Topics of study include ongoing customary activities; economic aspects of Indigenous land, water and sea rights; Indigenous stewardship, mixed and relational economies, Indigenous entrepreneurship; intersections with gender, class what is considered the mainstream economy. Students will explore how these different approaches, conceptualisations and debates may shape First Nations peoples’ futures and the mainstream economy.


> The prerequisite for this course is the standard prerequisite for 3000-level courses. We assume that students are familiar with tertiary processes, standards and course protocols, and can undertake studies with a high degree of autonomy. INDG1001 (Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities) is recommended but not required.

> No prior knowledge of Australian Indigenous Studies nor the study of Public Policy is assumed. (The prerequisite of having taken an 'INDG' course has been waived for this Special Topic).

> Flexible delivery: It is possible for students to take this course in person & online, or online only.

> This course has been approved as a course substitute for INDG3003 'The Indigenous Economy in the following programmes and majors: Australian Indigenous Studies Major; Australian Indigenous Studies Minor (approved by Mary Spiers Williams) for BARTS & other degree programmes including the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

If your your programme/major/minor convener is not listed please apply to your convenoer and request for approval to substitute this course for INDG3003.

Please note: The class summary of activities is indicative and may change up until the beginning of the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Overview of First Nations pre-colonial economies. Overview of First Nations – Settler-State historical relations and their ongoing impacts on First Nations economies and stewardship practices. Perspectives on First Nations employment and entrepreneurship in urban, regional and remote contexts. Economic policies and First Nations. Customary activities; economic aspects of Indigenous land, water and sea rights and treaties. Assessments: will include 3 x learning journal entries and participation in workshop activities.
2 First Nations economic alternatives, life projects, mixed economies and Indigenous stewardship. Sustainable development goal, wellbeing and prosperity. First Nations peoples and the ‘green’ economy. First Nations economies and prosperity in context of climate change. First Nations contemporary economic philosophies, aspirations and perspectives on prosperity. Assessments: will include 3 x learning journal entries and participation in workshop activities.

Tutorial Registration

Registration for workshops is via the Course wattle site. Registration opens one week before the commencement of classes.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Essay 40 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Learning Journal 30 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Workshop Participation 30 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Essay, 3500 words 

More details about the task, including due times, will be released on Wattle.

Late submission is not accepted, however students may apply for extensions and propose an alternate schedule of submission with conveners prior to the first task being due.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Learning Journal

Learning Journal, 1000 – 2000 words 

More details about the task will be released on wattle, including due times.

Late submission is not accepted, however students may apply for extensions and propose an alternate schedule of submission with conveners prior to the first task being due.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Workshop Participation

Workshop Participation 

More details about the task will be released on wattle.

Late submission is not accepted, however students may apply for extensions and propose an alternate schedule of submission with conveners prior to the first task being due.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assessment tasks are returned within three weeks of submission. The exception to this is the final assessment task which is returned with the final grade.

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).

Annick Thomassin

Research Interests

Indigenous people-settler relations; Co-management; Political ecology/political ontology; Indigenous knowledge systems; Indigenous environmental stewardship/custodianship;

Small-scale fisheries; Indigenous economies; Decolonising methodologies; Maritime anthropology

Annick Thomassin

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