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This subject explores contemporary relationships between Indigenous Peoples and settler societies from sociological, legal, political and social policy perspectives. In a comparative perspective it examines the dynamics of these relationships in terms of national, regional and global political orders, with a particular emphasis on evolving international mechanisms for intervention and reform. It explores the impacts and management of dispossession, Indigenous movements for land rights and self-determination and general movements for reconciliation. The subject is concerned also with the methodological and ethical complexities of conducting research on Indigenous issues both within settler societies and globally.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject students are expected to:
- Have a critical understanding of the key challenges and controversies concerning the relationship between Indigenous peoples and settler societies;
- Have a critical understanding of the impact and management of dispossession of Indigenous peoples in settler societies and the different ways in which Indigenous peoples have responded;
- Develop a critical sociological, political and legal understanding of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and settler societies;
- Have an understanding of the requirements for ethical and sound research on Indigenous issues.
Students who complete this subject should:
- be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
- be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
- be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.
Last updated: 2 December 2019