First Australians and Social Justice (Advanced)
Research a history of invasion and resistance. Zoom in on Indigenous welfare and health policies.Deepen your understanding of the social, cultural and political factors that continue to influence Indigenous Australians' place in Australia.
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After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
- extrapolate the implications for Indigenous Australians as a result of colonisation since British invasion;
- express a clearer understanding of the diverse identities, histories, experiences and therefore diverse needs of Indigenous Australian peoples who reside in urban, rural and remote areas;
- critically evaluate the attitudes, values, opinions and beliefs that underpin mainstream representations of contemporary Indigenous Australian issues;
- appreciate the extensive and complex manifestation of racism in Australia;
- examine the ways in which Australian policy, professional practice and mainstream institutions privilege whiteness;
- critically analyse and articulate the societal constructs, policies and practices that impact Indigenous Australians;
- articulate some principles of a practice framework for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- apply critical analysis and advocacy skills.
- Introduction and invitation to participate in the course.
- Diversity: an Introduction to the diversity of Indigenous Australia.
- Truth: History of invasion. History of resistance.
- Human Rights: History of human rights for Indigenous peoples in Australia.
- Privilege: Whiteness, race, and culture. Racism and anti-racism.
- Legacy: Persisting dominant ideologies: Assimilation/ism, Neoliberalism, Race and racism.
- Practice Frameworks 1
- Practice Frameworks 2
- Practice Setting: Education.
- Practice Setting: Child Protection
- Practice Setting: Criminal Justice
- Summary and Celebration
- Independent Study
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
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Admission to Griffith Univeristy MSocial Work (Qualifying) OUA degree required
Engaging social justice and human rights perspectives, this degree critically analyses the various historical, political, institutional and social forces that have shaped welfare and health policies and practices for Indigenous Australian peoples.
The subject critically analyses ideas and practices that shape contemporary approaches to human services and social work with Indigenous Australian Peoples. Through an examination of a diversity of Indigenous Australian Peoples' voices within the wider discourse in Australia, past and current colonial politics, policies, practices and socio-economic imperatives are critically analysed from anti-oppressive, social justice and human rights perspectives.
Key foci include the history and impact of colonisation, governmental responses to Indigenous Australian Peoples needs and the challenges of best practice policy-making and service delivery. Students will develop critical analysis skills through the examination and evaluation of various relevant social theories, policies and media sources. Students will be encouraged to consider and develop ally and advocacy skills as part of their broader role in promoting social justice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.
- Research-based - Digital Story (40%)
- Major Essay (50%)
- Evidence Reflective journal (10%)