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As Victoria and other Australian jurisdictions engage in the early stages of treaty negotiations, it is vital the parties involved have a strong understanding of concepts such as Indigenous sovereignty.

This Melbourne MicroCert explores sovereignty and its place in relations between Indigenous peoples and contemporary settler societies.

It's ideal for people who will be involved in treaty negotiations, including professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as First Nations.

Understand Indigenous sovereignty as a concept and social movement

Engage with theories of sovereignty – and related concepts such as self-determination and autonomy – and examine how this has been understood, historically and today.

Explore recognition of Indigenous sovereignty in settler-colonial states

Critically analyse the place of sovereignty discourse in contemporary Indigenous settler relations. Consider how Indigenous sovereignty is recognised, how it differs from political sovereignty, and the possibilities for recognition.

Examine how Indigenous sovereignty shapes treaty negotiations

Consider the role Indigenous sovereignty will play in treaty processes in Victoria and other Australian jurisdictions. Analyse and critique expressions of Indigenous sovereignty found in documents advancing emerging treaty processes in these jurisdictions.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academics and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor Sarah Maddison

Director, The Australian Center, University of Melbourne

Sarah is interested in work that helps reconceptualise political relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian settler state. She's published widely in this field, including as author or editor of nine books. She's led numerous research projects and was an ARC Future Fellow for 2011-14, undertaking a project that examined reconciliation in Australia, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and Guatemala.

Dr Matthew Campbell

Subject Coordinator

Matthew has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Applied Anthropology and a PhD. His principal research interest is the knowledge making practices that emerge in situations where Indigenous and non-Indigenous people work together, an interest built on a thirty career of work in epistemically complex situations, predominantly in northern Australia. His work sees epistemics, politics and ethics emerge as critical foci in addressing the ongoing legacy of colonisation in Australia.

Dr Julia Hurst


Julia (Darug/Dharawal/Stolen Generation descendent) is a lecturer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and is Deputy Director of the Australian Centre. Her research explores fundamental questions of Australian Aboriginal identity in 21st century Australia, including the role of truth-telling in relation to treaty, and she has worked across academia, the arts and corporate sectors.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Preparing for Treaty series

This series covers the critical knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to develop meaningful relationships between First Nations and governments or organisations, with the goal of progressing and transforming treaty negotiations.

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For individuals

To take Indigenous and Other Sovereignties as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes May 28, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Indigenous and Other Sovereignties, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.


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29 May – 9 July 2023

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