INDG19017 - Political Philosophy and Indigenous Perspectives

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Unit Synopsis

Through the study of political philosophy at an introductory level, you will be able to identify, describe and critically analyse the most relevant and influential ideologies and arguments. You will explore these in relation to the history of coloniser/colonised relations in Australia including issues of invasion, assimilation, self-determination, national identity, treaties and land rights. The unit will focus on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander thinkers and activists as well as their relationship to key political ideologies as the lens through which to understand and interpret political events. Following their consideration and analysis of the issues from a variety of perspectives, you will be able to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of various cultural and political issues that are central to Australia's past, present and future.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites 18 credit points

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Attendance Requirements

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Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

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Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

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Very knowledgeable lecturer who was very approachable.
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"Where do I start? Without doubt this has been the one of the best structured, informative and relative courses that I have done at CQU. This course has provided challenges to conventional ways of thinking, introduced concepts that develop learning and understanding and further the development of critical thinking skills. The information from the lectures and materials have been without peer and the structure of the assessments together with the feedback received ensured that all students were able to grasp the concepts and progress through the course.

All students,including myself, that completed this course will have an understanding of power relations and who gets what and why. They should also understand the Indigenous position as to the effect of colonisation and the loss of power resulting from this. I commend this course for any student that will have interactions with not just Indigenous Australians but all of society."
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