Australian Indigenous Politics

Subject MULT20008 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 contact hours: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Politics and International Studies or Criminology or Sociology or Indigenous Studies at Level 1

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Raymond Orr


Subject Overview:

The subject studies Australian indigenous politics in the comparative context of settler societies. First, it explores their historical dispossession and exclusion that left Indigenous people as citizens without rights, and economically and socially marginalized in their own country. Second, it evaluates the ongoing processes of recognition and inclusion, including anti-discrimination measures, land rights, state and federal policy measures, social policy and Indigenous initiatives that have marked the uneven path to reconciliation and recognition of the full rights and entitlements of Indigenous people, including special group rights and compensation.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the complex political processes that produced the dispossession, and subsequent but incomplete, recognition of Indigenous people and their special entitlements and rights;
  • Develop particular knowledge of the key issues, achievements, challenges, and failures in the troubled progress of Indigenous politics in Australia;
  • Demonstrate an informed appreciation of comparative and historical contexts, and how Australia compares with other settler countries;
  • Develop a deeper critical understanding of key political institutions, processes and policies by studying their effectiveness in dealing with Indigenous issues;
  • Develop skills in critical analysis and evaluation;
  • Develop the ability to critically evaluate different sources of research in the development of an argument;
  • Work productively and collaboratively in groups.

  • Tutorial participation and contribution (10%).
  • An essay of 2000 words (45%) due during semester.
  • An essay of 2000 words (45%) due in the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Australian Studies
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Graduate Certificate in Arts - Politics and International Studies
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Graduate Diploma in Arts - Criminology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Politics and International Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Sociology
Political Science Major
Politics and International Studies

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