Issues in Indigenous Rights (KCSE4102)


This aim of this unit of study is to explore the philosophical, legal and cultural foundations of international and national Indigenous rights. It critically examines the formation of categories of Indigeniety in the ancient, colonial and modern eras, and how such discourses have contributed to systematic denials of Indigenous rights in Australia and other colonised countries. It explores the subsequent evolution of Indigenous rights agendas in modern and postcolonial Australia, and contextualises these developments by investigating various international precedents. The unit will build generic skills in philosophical and historical research and theoretical analysis, encouraging students to develop an informed and independent assessment of contemporary issues in Australian and international Indigenous Rights.

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critical review (30%), quiz (20%), bibliographic exercise (10%) and 2000 wd essay (40%)

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Available to students who have completed the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal) or equivalent.

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.