IKC401 Rebuilding Australia's Indigenous Nations (8)


In this subject students will learn about working within the Nation-building context. This subject seeks to build the capacity of its students to become community spirited leaders who guide the empowerment and development of Indigenous Nations, who take on and sustain the challenge of testing and applying the tools and strategies of Nation Building to address the often relentless social troubles, and thereby support the building of sustainable economies and strengthen and celebrate Indigenous cultures. Conceptually this subject is about an attitudinal change. It is about ‘changing the conversation- particularly in relation to Indigenous government in Australia’ it is also about reclaiming the Indigenous right to govern and to shape the future of Indigenous nations. Students will examine how to begin to incrementally reverse over two centuries of deficits through engaging in Nation-building conversations/talk, undertaking Nation-building activities/actions and strengthening Nation-building relationships and connections that may support the creation of communities in which people can and want to live. Practically this subject is about applying the tools and strategies that support the re-building of Nations, It is about how to identify as a Nation, how to organise as a Nation and how to act as a Nation. The transformation of a number of Nations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America provides a comparative dimension for students to learn from the Elders of other Nations that have shared their success and failures with the Harvard Project Team over the past 20 years. Students will identify the demonstrated links between Indigenous self-determination/self-government and Indigenous peoples’ ability to achieve their economic, social and cultural goals, these findings led to the establishment of the Native Nations Institute, which has the central focus of building capable Indigenous nations that can realise their own political, economic and community development objectives

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Session 3
DistanceDubbo Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLCentre for Indigenous Studies

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the influences and impact that history plays on Wiradjuri Nation, language and culture, including the policies and practices that have implications for Rebuilding Australia's Indigenous Nations in a contemporary context.
  • Be able to think critically about the concepts of nation building and be able to generate ideas and strategies to achieve nation building within this complex area
  • Be able to demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of the importance of nation building/rebuilding and be able to apply this knowledge in their professional areas
  • Be able to analyse, consolidate and synthesise information relating to nation building and be able to actively participate in this process
  • Be able to identify the need for nation rebuilding and forecast what successful nation building could look like in their community.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1 - Identify the need for nation building
  • Module 2 - Identify the differences between current standard approaches and nation building approaches
  • Module 3 - Key elements of nation building
  • Module 4 - Case Studies: Rebuilding Wiradjuri Nations
  • Module 5 - How to start nation building conversations in communities
  • Module 6 - How to develop sustained, incremental approaches
  • Module 7 - Understand rights and responsibilities in nation building
  • Module 8 - Rebuilding diverse and innovative nations

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. The Residential School is compulsory for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language and Cultural Heritage. It will build on students’ previous knowledge of Wiradjuri language. Its main focus will be to develop students’ capacity to hold conversations with one another in Wiradjuri. It will form an integral part of the remainder of this subject. Indigenous Australian students may be eligible to apply for ‘away from base’ funding to support them for the period of the Residential School. The residential school period will normally be established as consecutive days (5 in total) in a single residential school period.


The information contained in the 2014 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 29 April 2014. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.