Contemporary Aboriginal Issues - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam - 1500 words (Take-home exam) (45%) , Presentation - 5-7 mins of spoken word equiv (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Students will develop broad understanding and knowledge of historical and contemporary issues that have and still impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Students will explore social justice and human rights, reconciliation, diversity of Aboriginal social and political situations, Australian racism, power and powerlessness, employment, health, housing, Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system, stolen generations, media, native title and sovereignty and self-determination.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify social and political situations which impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  2. identify ways in which global situations have influenced the history of Australian race relations
  3. explore the impact of colonisation on Aboriginal people
  4. examine the perspectives as expressed by Aboriginal groups on contemporary issues.
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — 1500 words (Take-home exam) (45%)
  • Presentation — 5-7 mins of spoken word equiv (35%)
  • Quiz — 300 words (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1A Royal Commission in Focus: Contemporary Aboriginal Issues
2The 'Stolen Generation'
3Race, Racism and Representation
4Aboriginal Peoples and the Criminal Justice System
5Aboriginal Youth and the Juvenile Justice System
6Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
7Aboriginal Peoples and Education
8Aboriginal Peoples and Australia's Economy
10Protecting Aboriginal Heritage
11Land Rights
12Terra Nullius to Native title
13Reconciliation: What is the movement?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Print based materials

  • Study Guide
  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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