Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The Global Politics of Indigenous People explores a variety of issues associated with the contested integration of Indigenous people into modern nation-states. The various pathways Indigenous peoples have taken to attain self-determination are considered as well as the response of states to this agenda. The experiences of Indigenous groups in various parts of the world are explored using a comparative basis. Within the framework of political science methodology and decolonial/Indigenous theories students will scrutinise a variety of themes including: land rights, education reform, sovereignty, economic development and resources management, and Indigenising democracy. Students have the opportunity to develop International and cultural perspectives.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe, interpret and analyse Indigenous rights and self-determination within the context of decolonial, Indigenous and relevant political science theories.

2. Identify and interpret the global context and circumstances in which the politics of Indigenous rights and self-determination have arisen over the past 30 years.

3. Develop an analysis of key issues in the study of global Indigenous politics through decolonial and Indigenous political science theory lenses

4. Develop reflexive skills to foster an engagement with research and scholarship that is attentive to difference, diversity and power and which Indigenises/decolonises knowledge-production and practice.

5. Identify, interpret and analyse the way that Indigenous perspectives have relevance for key challenges facing the global polity and economy.


The course content will be drawn from but not restricted to:

  1. Discussions of historical evolution of global Indigenous rights movement and self-determination struggles and how nation-states have implemented and integrated Indigenous populations.
  2. Conceptual understanding of the Indigenous politics issue as a facet of Political Science and world politics with particular reference to post colonial and de-colonial and Indigenous frameworks of analysis.
  3. Comparative case studies from Asia, the Americas and Australasia addressing differing aspects of Indigenous politics.
  4. The response of Indigenous peoples to the Impact of generations of political, cultural, social and economic dispossession.
  5. The relevance of Indigenous politics to broader discussions of democracy and development.

Assumed knowledge

POLI1010 or POLI1020

Assessment items

Journal: Weekly Reflective Journal

Essay: Mid-Semester Essay

Essay: Case-Study Essay

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.