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ANT3006 Indigenous Peoples in the Nation State

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Indigenous People Nation State
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090303 - Anthropology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Bryce Barker


The aims of this course are to enable students to gain an appreciation of the situation of contemporary small scale Indigenous groups within the boundaries of nation states focussing on the culture of capitalism and the impacts of western industrial culture. The spread of the capitalist world system has been accompanied by the creation of distinctive patterns of social relations, ways of viewing the world, patterns of food production, distinctive diets, patterns of health and disease, relationships to the environment, and so on. However, the spread of this culture has not gone uncontested; there has been resistance that has taken the form of both direct and indirect actions - political, religious, social protest and revolution. How and why capitalist culture developed along with the reasons why some groups such as Indigenous peoples resisted and continue to resist are central themes throughout this course enabling students to assess from a different perspective the role of western expansion and the culture of capitalism.


One of the casualties of the expansion of the culture of capitalism for Indigenous peoples is cultural diversity related to the profound cultural incompatibilities between indigenous peoples and the culture of capitalism and the need of the nation-state to ensure political authority and control over economic resources desired by corporations or the nation-state itself. This course then, examines the historical and contemporary impact of the Nation State on small-scale Indigenous societies around the world with a focus on the capitalist system. Broad theoretical frameworks relating to global western expansion as well as specifics relating to the effects of the culture of capitalism are explored.


On completion of this course, students will have:

  1. an understanding of the role of the nation state in the marginalisation of Indigenous peoples
  2. a broad understanding of the social and historical origins of capitalism
  3. a thorough knowledge and understanding of the capitalist system
  4. an understanding of the effects of global capitalism on small scale Indigenous societies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The consumer, the labourer, the capitalist and the nation-state in the society of perpetual growth 33.00
2. The global impact of the evolution of the culture of capitalism 33.00
3. Resistance and rebellion. 34.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Robbins, RH 2018, Global problems and the culture of capitalism, 7th edn, Allyn & Bacon Publishing, Plattsburg.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
FORUM CONTRIBUTION 100 10 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
ESSAY 1 - 1500 WORDS 100 20 26 Apr 2019
ESSAY 2 - 2500-3000 WORDS 100 40 31 May 2019
EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 100 30 End S1 (see note 2)

  1. Assignment Description: Contribution Online Discussion Forum. Assessment Due Date: Weekly
  2. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The exam for this course is a CLOSED EXAMINATION, and candidates are allowed to bring only writing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. While there are no attendance requirements for this external course, students ARE expected to participate in the online discussion on a weekly basis.