• Class Number 5623
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr William Fogarty
    • AsPr William Fogarty
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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.

Whether you are on campus or studying online, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos 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/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). 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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction Discourses and theories of Indigenous Development Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am.
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 Data and Deficit in Development: Sovereignty, Intellectual and cultural property and Indicators of success Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).First Essay due 5pm Sunday 27th August 
6 Gender, strength based approaches and well-being in DevelopmentAn urban Case study Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
7 Mining, Constructs of work and local development aspirations Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
8 Indigenous Governance and Development Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
9 Developing up: Community Development, structure and agency Weekly Forum Posting (due every Tuesday 9am).
10 Looking after Land and Sea 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 22nd October
12 The big debates: 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 Learning Outcomes
Online Discussion Forum 30 % * 1,2
First Essay 30 % 27/08/2023 1,2,3
Second Essay 40 % 22/10/2023 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 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: 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: 27/08/2023
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 27th August

Value: 30% for INDG8001

Estimated return date: 5pm Sunday 10th 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: 22/10/2023
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 sustainable development in Australia?

Word limit: 3,000 words.

Due Date: 5pm Sunday 22nd October

Value: 40% for INDG8001

Estimated return date: 5pm Sunday 12th November

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.

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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