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IA2016 - Australian Indigenous Politics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Indigenous Australian Studies (pre 2015)

Available to all undergraduate students who are eligible to take a level 2 subject.

This subject introduces students to political, social and cultural issues that impact upon Indigenous Australian communities today. Particular attention will be given to current Federal Government Policies and how these policies impede or advance Indigenous Australians aspirations for self-determination in the areas of native title, law and social justice reforms and Indigenous responses to these reforms that have marked the path to reconciliation. Although historical trends are acknowledged in terms of the continuities of colonialism, the focus is on Indigenous communities today. It is essential that students have access to the World Wide Web to complete this subject. Those students who do not have access to email must contact the Subject Coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the key issues, achievements, challenges, and struggles in the progress of Indigenous politics in Australia through the development of written reflective arguments that thoughtfully analyse and evaluate issues confronting Indigenous communities today;
  • analyse key political institutions, processes and policies by studying their effectiveness in dealing with Indigenous issues relating to self- determination and the struggle for autonomy , Mabo and the fight for native title, law and social justice reforms and Indigenous responses to these reforms .;
  • evaluate examples of the production and dissemination of racial ideologies through the lens of the mass media and consider its impact upon relationships between Indigenous Peoples and the wider Australian community..


External, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Ms Sharon Moore
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Ms Sharon Moore.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandPrinted materials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); on-line tutorial critiques (60%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.