• 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, Policy Studies, Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Bree Blakeman
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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This course examines public policy through the lens of the relationships between First Nations Peoples and the settler state in Australia. The course will explore the shifting relations between First Nations Peoples and Commonwealth and State and Territory governments from invasion until today. It  traces settler state and Indigenous approaches to public policy. Students will analyse significant public policies which affect First Nations Peoples and gain insight into First Peoples diverse perspectives on these policies.

The course equips students to develop insight into how public policy affects First Nations Peoples differently. It investigates the public policy objectives of governments and how these relate to the rights and aspirations of First Nations Peoples. It introduces students to the competing interests and key agents that shape the development, implementation, and delivery of public policies that affect First Nations Peoples, including First Nations activism for policy change.

The course examines a number of contemporary case studies to illustrate a range of approaches to public policy. The course is delivered by First Nations and non-Indigenous experts in a range of public policy fields, including scholars, policy practitioners, and community knowledge holders.

Topics may include analysese of policy and perspectives in relation to: self-determination and sovereignty, Indigenous Voices to parliament and governments, shared decision making and Closing the Gap, First Nations Peoples – state relations, land and water management, climate change, economic development, Indigenous entrepreneurship, social security and employment,  and Indigenous prosperity.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse and explain how public policy shapes the relationships between the Australian state and First Nations Peoples and populations;
  2. compare and contrast different state and First Nations public policy principles;
  3. critically assess public policies that affect First Nations Peoples in Australia using a range of analytical approaches; and
  4. develop insight into the institutions involved in Indigenous public policy making in Australia

Indicative Assessment

  1. Major essay (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Short essay (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2]
  3. Oral presentation, 10 minutes (10) [LO 3,4]
  4. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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 tutorials; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

There are no inherent requirements

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed a total of 36 units of courses completed towards a degree program.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts are not required.

Assumed Knowledge

INDG1001 (Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities) is recommended but not 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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5470 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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