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GOVT3998: Aboriginal and TSI Politics and Policy

Builds on students' knowledge of Australian politics to examine the background, context, conduct and implications of politics relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and policy affecting Indigenous Australians. Explores aspects of inclusion and exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the formal political system, internal power relations within and between communities, social movements and representative bodies, compares Australian Indigenous politics with those of other nations and looks at a range of policy areas.

Code GOVT3998
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points at 2000 level in Politics or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Diversity Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Indigenous Studies or 12 senior credit points from Government and International Relations
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

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

  • LO1. understand and articulate some of the key ways in which the Australian state has defined its relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to also be able to identify alternative ways of shaping this relationship
  • LO2. identify how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander politics and policy is informed by settler colonial understandings of the nature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage and how this differs from the cultural and historical knowledges of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples themselves
  • LO3. synthesise materials from a range of fields in order to understand and better appreciate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people behave within the Australian political system
  • LO4. analyse contemporary issues and debates regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander politics in a critically informed manner.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.