Aborig Peoples & Racialised Policy in Aust

Course code SOCA3173Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Introduces students to a critical analysis and evaluation of policies and politics pertaining to Indigenous Australians. Government policies such as segregation, assimilation, self-management and self-determination and their effects on Aboriginal communities are evaluated. Introduces students to key theories, concepts and research on the role of the state in contemporary society. One of the central aims is to give priority to the Aboriginal viewpoint on social justice and self-determination issues.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon the completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:
1. general understanding of the global and national context in which Australian governments on a state and federal level have developed policies for the governance of Australia's Indigenous peoples;
2. an understanding of the philosophies and viewpoints underpinning the development of the major forms of policy formulations;
3. an appreciation of the ways in which historic and geographic factors produced regional differences in outcomes of the relationship between Indigenous people with the state;
4. an awareness of the ways in which these policies impact on Indigenous communities and the views held by Indigenous people on government policy and their relationship with other Australians;
5. an awareness of the role Indigenous people and their leaders have taken in exposing racialised injustices and fighting for social justice for their communities;
6. analytic skills and written communication skills appropriate to second-year undergraduate level.
Content1. A sociological critique of issues of state policy concerning Aboriginal peoples;
2. Racialised nature of policy formation and implementation;
3. Impact of policy formation and implementation upon Indigenous Australians.
Replacing Course(s)Rebadging of HUMA2163.
HUMA3173 Aborig Peoples & Racialised Policy in Aust
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HUMA2163 or HUMA3173 should not enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units of study at 1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsBook review worth 20%, 500 words
Essays / Written AssignmentsMinor Essay worth 30%, 1,500 words
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Essay worth 40%, 2,000 words
Group/tutorial participation and contributionAttendance and participation based on evidence of reading and contribution to discussion worth 10%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term