ATI140 Indigenous Land and Resources

This unit explores the contemporary association of Australian Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders with land and sea, and the use of resources derived from their estates. Students examine historical association with, and ownership regimes related to, land and sea, their impact on contemporary society and their interaction with colonial concepts of land and sea ownership and resource use. Various avenues for the recognition of land and title rights for Indigenous people in Australia are explored within the context of colonial history and compared across jurisdictions. A number of local and international case studies of conflicts and cooperation are studied to provide a cross-section of the ways in which Indigenous people own and use land and sea resources, and how these inform existing and potential policymaking processes.

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