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ECOS2005: Indigenous Economics and Public Policy

2024 unit information

Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had distinctive economic and social systems that were disrupted by European settlement. This unit examines the historical consequences of European settlement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the lens of economics. It introduces students to policy analysis in the Indigenous context and explores the interface between conventional and Indigenous economics. Topics covered include economic history and the impacts of colonialism, inequality, policy applications to contemporary problems and Indigenous economics: rational and relational man in the natural environment.

Unit details and rules

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Code ECOS2005
Academic unit Economics
Credit points 6
ECON1001 or ECON1040 or BUSS1040
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of current economic outcomes of Indigenous Australians;
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the policy process;
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of insights from Indigenous communities in policy making;
  • LO4. demonstrate analytical skills in application of Indigenous policy making; and
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous economics as it interfaces with economic theory.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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