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The subject examines the governance arrangements that have shaped the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since settlement. Prior to, at the time of, and since Federation, Indigenous Australians have been uniquely affected by a range of public policy settings, approaches and frameworks. Part One of the subject introduces students to foundational concepts in public policy making and then critically examines different ‘epochs’ in Australian Indigenous Public Policy: elimination, assimilation, self-determination and intervention. Part Two will explore various policies across these periods that have shaped Indigenous Australians’ experiences of land, family, health, education, employment and justice in different ways. Across both parts, students will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about historical and contemporary political controversies, including: the Don Dale controversy, the refusal of The Uluru Statement from the Heart, the Closing the Gap framework and others. Students will be expected to use knowledge of particular cases to examine the social, political and institutional challenges that shape the landscape of contemporary Australian Indigenous Public Policy.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the history of Australian policy-making and its diverse impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the states, territory and nation-state.
- Understand key contemporary Indigenous public policy debates in historical and cultural context.
- Demonstrate sophisticated knowledge of the key theoretical frameworks for engaging in Indigenous politics and policy.
- Demonstrate advanced skills in critical analysis and evaluation.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate different sources of research in the development of an argument.
Last updated: 22 November 2023