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As Victoria and other Australian jurisdictions engage in the early stages of treaty negotiations, it is vital all parties involved understand the importance of concepts such as recognition, reconciliation, and refusal.

This Melbourne MicroCert explores how these three principles intersect to shape the practice of treaty-making between Indigenous peoples and settler-states.

It's ideal for private, public and not-for-profit sector professionals, as well as First Nations, who will be engaged in treaty processes in coming years.

Deepen your understanding of recognition, reconciliation, and refusal

Critically analyse the concepts of recognition, reconciliation, and refusal. Discuss how all three work systematically to progress Indigenous-settler relations in critical areas, including justice, restitution, and decolonisation.

Gain a historical, political, and cultural overview of these key concepts

Explore all three principles from different perspectives, including historical, political, and cultural. Draw on your knowledge of early treaty processes and current international legal frameworks to assess their strengths and weaknesses when applied to treaty law.

Explore how recognition, reconciliation, and refusal shape contemporary treaty negotiations

Understand how recognition, reconciliation, and refusal's shared dynamics help to shape emerging treaty processes in Victoria and other Australian jurisdictions, giving you valuable insights into future treaty negotiations.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic 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 Recognition, Reconciliation, Refusal as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$990.00 (inc GST)

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

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Recognition, Reconciliation, Refusal, 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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