IKC303 Indigenous Australians and the Politics of Control (8)

This subject frames policy developments in Indigenous Australian affairs since 1967 from Indigenous standpoints and critically examines Indigenous Australian politics in relation to a dominant political structure. Specific policy developments and legislative determinations are critically examined from Indigenous Australian perspectives and considered in light of Indigenous Australian pursuits of rights and self-determination. Students will become familiar with policy developments since 1967, including the discourses that formed the basis of initial federal Land Rights legislation, the constraints of self-management and will critically analyse current Government initiatives including the Northern Territory Emergency Response and Closing the Gap. This subject explores the workings of policy implementation and how this impacts on the pursuit of Indigenous Australian interests. Students will be asked to examine their position in relation to Indigenous Australian politics.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Dubbo Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: IKC303. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

General understanding of Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and contemporary realities and the specifics of policies and practices 1788-1967.

Assumed Knowledge

General understanding of Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and contemporary realities and the specifics of policies and practices 1788-1967.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to explain the features of distinct policy eras and key legislation and critically evaluate the discourses that informed them
  • Be able to describe Indigenous political standpoints and use them to critically analyse Australian political structures and directions in Indigenous policy
  • Be able to evaluate contemporary policies and policy implementation in Indigenous affairs and the capacity of Indigenous people to pursue their political interests
  • Be able to critically reflect on distributions of power and personal positioning in Indigenous policy development and implementation


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Indigenous political activism to 1967
  • The building blocks of dominance: nation-state, sovereignty and representative democracy
  • The 1967 Referendum: ideological and practice implications
  • New powers: federal actions in the 1970s and the discourses that informed them
  • Experiments in autonomy: curtailing self-management
  • The pursuit of rights: land rights, human rights, Indigenous Australian rights
  • The contemporary Indigenous Australian policy landscape: the 'intervention and Closing the gap
  • Contested delivery: structural, cultural and ideological issues in policy implementation
  • Emerging arenas: Representation, Constitutional reform, the attainment of Indigenous rights


Current Students

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Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.