Available in 2018
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 students will scrutinize a variety of themes including: land rights, education reform, reconciliation, economic development and in some cases violent challenge to the state by indigenous groups. Students have the opportunity to develop International and cultural perspectives.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the Indigenous right discourse within the context of political science and international relations theories.

2. Review the global context and circumstances in which the politics of Indigenous rights have arisen over the past 30 years.

3. Demonstrate an integrative knowledge of the complex relationships between Indigenous groups, national governments and civil society groups in a global context

4. Critically identify and assess the theoretical and methodological debates in comparative politics as they relate to debates surrounding the politics of Indigenous groups worldwide.

5. Research and evaluate the reliability, validity and efficacy of information, opinions and arguments.

6. Development of reflective skills to foster an engagement with research and scholarship that is attentive to difference, diversity and power

7. Employ critical thinking and analytical skills to inform judgement and decisions.


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

  1. Discussions of historical evolution of global Indigenous rights movement 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 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