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The subject studies Australian indigenous politics in the comparative context of settler societies. First, it explores their historical dispossession and exclusion that left Indigenous people as citizens without rights, and economically and socially marginalized in their own country. Second, it evaluates the ongoing processes of recognition and inclusion, including anti-discrimination measures, land rights, state and federal policy measures, social policy and Indigenous initiatives that have marked the uneven path to reconciliation and recognition of the full rights and entitlements of Indigenous people, including special group rights and compensation.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the complex political processes that produced the dispossession, and subsequent but incomplete, recognition of Indigenous people and their special entitlements and rights;
- Develop particular knowledge of the key issues, achievements, challenges, and failures in the troubled progress of Indigenous politics in Australia;
- Demonstrate an informed appreciation of comparative and historical contexts, and how Australia compares with other settler countries;
- Develop a deeper critical understanding of key political institutions, processes and policies by studying their effectiveness in dealing with Indigenous issues;
- Develop skills in critical analysis and evaluation;
- Develop the ability to critically evaluate different sources of research in the development of an argument;
- Develop the capacity for greater critical self-reflection.
Last updated: 28 July 2023