• Offered by POLIS: The Centre for Social Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Indigenous Studies
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Classics and Ancient History, Gender Studies, Musicology, Actuarial Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Gray
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings
  • Graduate Attributes
    • Critical Thinking
    • Transdisciplinary
    • Indigenous Perspectives
First Peoples' economic self-determination and prosperity in the Australian economy (INDG3003)

This is an economics course, designed for both economics students and non-economics students, the latter being introduced to basic economic concepts. With this knowledge, students have a unique opportunity to develop insight into the economic positioning of Indigenous Peoples in Australia, to critically analyse contemporary economic debates, policy and practices that affect First Peoples, and to explore the opportunities for economic prosperity without compromising what First Peoples value. 


This course, relying on economic frameworks, explores historical and contemporary Indigenous populations and these peoples’ participation in and marginalisation from the contemporary Australian economy and society.  Incorporating First Peoples ' diverse perspectives, we consider contemporary First Nations’ and other Indigenous peoples’ economic activities in an historical context. Students have the opportunity to develop insight into First Nations perspectives on economic development, wellbeing and prosperity. We explore First Peoples' innovative responses to contemporary challenges borne of the ongoing impacts of colonisation and systemic bias.


Topics change each year, and include the continuities of First Peoples’ practices in resource management and communal sustenance; innovative engagements with the settler and global economy; demographic and population change; land, water and sea rights; human capital development; income and wealth; participation in the labour market; and, entrepreneurship. Students critically analyse the impact on Indigenous people of Australian governments’ economic development policy approaches, including - but not limited to - those policy approaches that explicitly target Indigenous people.


Indigenous and settler senior economists teach this course in collaboration with First Nations scholars, entrepreneurs and other knowledge-holders. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply economic concepts to understand First Peoples' economic activity in and interactions with the Australian economy;
  2. demonstrate insight into and an understanding of Indigenous economic perspectives compared and contrasted with that of Western economic principles;
  3. demonstrate insight into and an understanding of critical perspectives of the impact on First Peoples of Australian government economic policies;
  4. demonstrate insight into the systemic marginalisation of Indigenous peoples from exclusion in the settler economy; and
  5. demonstrate insight into Indigenous First Peoples’ aspirations, perspectives and knowledge systems, and their implications perspectives on their needs for future economic development and policies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Course engagement (including tutorial participation and leading class discussion) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Critical review (1500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Essay (2500 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of lectures/seminars/workshop/tutorials, and

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials are available on the course wattle site.

Preliminary Reading

Course materials are available on the course wattle site.


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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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
7357 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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