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The challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia are a source of constant debate among policy-makers, NGOs, commentators and First Nations peoples themselves. This fieldwork intensive subject for the Masters of Development Studies explores contentions around development the Australian settler context. Part of the subject is taught on country in an Indigenous community (off campus), where First Nations people and organisations will play an active role in the teaching of the subject. Students will gain insights that will enable them to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Australian development condition, covering themes and issues such as rights, sovereignty, decolonisation, self-determination, access to services and economic development.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- Developed practice based skills to analyse the opportunities and limitations of development programs and services in the Indigenous development context.
- Developed the ability to analyse contested issues relating to Australian development, particularly in a settler context; and
- Further developed research skills and skills in communicating complex and sensitive topics across cultural boundaries.
On completion of the subject, students should have:
- progressed research analysis and problem solving skills;
- the ability to work as an effective team member;
- developed further written and oral communication; and
- further developed the ability to operate successfully in the context of unfamiliar surroundings and problems.
Last updated: 6 December 2019