Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will explore a wide range of topics relating to political issues and theoretical understandings relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. This subject enables you to understand Indigenous politics on a global as well as local scale and how Indigenous rights interface with colonisation, government legislation, and policies. Students will gain deeper understanding of the context of 'Treaty', 'Aboriginal self-determination', 'constitutional change', 'reconciliation' and many other topics relating to First Nations recognition and Australia n nationhood. The subject will explore a diverse range of case examples and events to build an understanding of contemporary colonialism and Indigenous political trends. This subject critically examines the politics of Australian constitutional change, native title and treaty, resistance politics, grass roots political movements and government initiatives. Students intending to major in Aboriginal Studies are strongly advised to take this subject. Prior knowledge of Australian colonialism and race relations will be an advantage to students.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulie Andrews

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesTutorial discussions, worksheets, written assignments, groupwork research and essay planning instruction.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy: Sovereignty, Black Power, Land Rights and the State

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorFoley, GarySchaap, AndrewHowell, Edwina



PublisherTaylor and Francis


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse a range of texts, media resources, online material in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies.
02. Develop and apply knowledge to understanding the key topics of the subject matter in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander politics both in Australia and the world today.
03. Application of research methods to demonstrate a written understanding of the subject matter.
04. Produce a developed complex written argument that reflects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and political arguments.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulie Andrews

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Groupwork (1000-word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentGroupNo25 SILO1, SILO2

Small essay (1000-word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO3

One 2,000 word major essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4