Indigenous Politics & Policy
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Australian Culture, Indigenous Studies, Pacific Studies, Political Science
Taught In English
4 credits of political science courses
Course Level Recommendations
Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course traces the political relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples of Australia as an instance of wider global relations among indigenous societies, colonial powers and contemporary national and international regimes and institutions. Students will gain an understanding of government policies and the responses to these practices by indigenous peoples by critically evaluating the political frameworks and policy responses to these practices by indigenous peoples by critically evaluating the political frameworks and policy responses used to deal with indigenous-settler relations. The course will consider - among other topics - land, citizenship and identity, self-determination, "Close the Gap" and constitutional recognition.Course IntroductionComplex and challenging political problems continue to shape relations between Indigenous and Settler peoples. Public debate is often infused with the rhetoric of crisis. Politicians and other policy makers frequently make bold pronouncements only to have their "new approach" reworked in subsequent years. This course traces the political relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of Australia as an example of a wider global phenomenon, and an opportunity to examine relations among indigenous societies, colonial powers and contemporary national and international regimes and institutions. Students will develop an understanding of often-paradoxical government policies introduced to manage this relationship, as well as the responses by Aboriginal people.The course will examine a range of different approaches to understanding political relationships between Indigenous people and settlers, investigate a range of historical policy approaches, and critically analyse important current issues and approaches in Indigenous policy. The course will explore ? among other topics ? Aboriginal deaths in custody, self-determination and 'Closing the Gap' in order to begin to understand the theoretical and cultural perspectives that underpin Indigenous policy and to provide a framework for undertaking critical analysis of current policy approaches and prescriptions.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Seminar hours, 1 Tutorial hourAssessment SummaryTutorial Participation: 10%Attendance: 10%Paper (Textual Analysis 1): 20%Paper (Textual Analysis 2): 20%Essay: 40%
- apply a critical understanding of the history and politics of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations up to the present day.
- to identify and critically evaluate the assumptions that drive policy frameworks and strategies.
- apply the necessary tools and skills for critical analysis in reading, textual analysis and writing.
- appreciate, through personal reflection, that the recognition of cultural difference is not just a matter of identifying racial categories or cultural practices, but also identifying the values and knowledge systems that inform them.
- grasp and assess the range of arguments articulated across the Australian political landscape in relation to issues impacting upon Aboriginal peoples.
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