• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Australian Indigenous Studies, Human Rights
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr William Fogarty
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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.

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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Brief, 1200 words (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Essay, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Forum Postings, 1800 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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

In person: 130 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) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Online: 130 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) 94 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, ANTH8046 or INDG8002.

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 general knowledge of Indigenous Issues, relevant to Australia or international contexts is required.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
5706 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View
7466 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online View

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