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This unique overseas subject is taught in Auckland and Santiago, where students from three countries will compare and contrast the policy developments in politically, legally and constitutionally recognising Indigenous rights and sovereignty in Australia, New Zealand and Chile, with a particular focus of Treaties.
Starting in Melbourne, participants will identify the most pertinent issues that should be considered by the Victorian Government in negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal Victorians. Participants will then travel to the University of Auckland where they will reflect upon the New Zealand experience and the Treaty of Waitangi, particularly how this hindered and/or facilitated inclusive and effective policy development. The final site will be in Latin America. With the assistance of public policy academics and practitioners, participants will construct their own case study of citizen-state relationships focusing on debates around rights, sovereignty, decolonisation, self-determination, access to services and economic development and propose some key recommendations for future reforms.
An application process applies for this overseas intensive subject. Students who wish to undertake this subject can visit http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/students/graduate-coursework/overseas-subjects for further information.
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Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- Collect, arrange and assemble the most relevant evidence to best equip policy makers in comprehending the challenges in formulating policy related to treaties;
- Compare and contrast the most significant political and policy developments in Australian and New Zealand Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander/Māori recognition and reconciliation and identify the most pressing contemporary challenges (and their connection to historical injustices) ;
- Examine an unfamiliar policy case in the Latin America and assemble a carefully curated collection of evidence ;
- Propose clearly and convincingly formulated recommendations to governments that can be feasibly and appropriately implemented.
Students who successfully complete this subject should have:
- in-depth knowledge of the disciplines of political science and policy and administration, and the ability to examine governance, policy and public sector reform issues from other disciplinary perspectives.
- critical and strong reasoning skills, and creativity in applying theory and research methods to complex practical problems across diverse contexts.
- effective oral and written communication skills.
- an advanced appreciation of the Asian and Pacific regions, including Indigenous knowledge, cultures and values and sustainable futures.
- autonomy, self-motivation, self-direction and outstanding organisational skills to set goals and manage time and priorities.
- skills in self-assessment, self-awareness, reflective and lifelong learning, with an overriding commitment to personal and professional integrity.
Last updated: 10 November 2019