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This subject allows Fellows in the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity (AFSE) program to examine the policy and political context of their social change project. The subject explores historical and contemporary policies that are aimed at addressing Indigenous inequality across Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and other nations with Indigenous societies. It will interrogate and explore frameworks, strategies and levers required to effect social change in Indigenous affairs at political and governmental levels and in terms of national and global contexts.
Fellows will gain insights that will enable them to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Australian, New Zealand and Pacific contexts, covering issues such as sovereignty, self-determination, and land rights. This subject allows students to describe the broader context in which their work sits, identify key stakeholders and their interests, and communicate critical aspects of their project to decision-makers and partners.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the conceptual tools needed to critically analyse, assess and engage with current and emerging Indigenous policy frameworks and challenges
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the impact of social policies and programs on Indigenous peoples
- Communicate complex issues and analysis using clear writing for government and other appropriate audiences
- Develop networks with social policy makers, advocates and practitioners.
In this subject, Fellows will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Critical thinking and reasoning
- Creative thinking and innovation
- Problem solving
- Teamwork and professional networking and collaboration
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
- Enhanced writing and communication skills.
Last updated: 10 February 2024