Indigenous Community Development
Work alongside Indigenous groups. Examine the profound impact legislation has had on Indigenous communities in the past. Then explore the culturally appropriate storytelling techniques being used to shape successful community initiatives today.
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- 28 Aug 2023
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On successful completion of the subject students will be able to:
- identify and evaluate key features of Indigenous community development.
- examine and critically discuss key pieces of historic Western Australian legislation and the practical implications for Indigenous communities.
- contribute to discussions related to the range of contextual factors that shape contemporary Indigenous community development.
- produce a reflective journal that integrates their lived experience and the unit content to demonstrate their enhanced understanding of the role of community development practitioners in Indigenous communities.
- conduct desk top research to evaluate a chosen Indigenous community development project and critically analyse the processes of engagement involved.
- The subject introduces students to the task of working in conjunction with Indigenous Australian communities. It begins with an examination of the history of ‘outsider’ responses (including legislation, policy and practice) to the lives of Indigenous communities. This is contrasted with an exploration of a range of ways (including autobiography, film, visual arts, theatre, song and oration) Indigenous groups articulate community stories, needs and solutions. In addition, students will be introduced to a range of Indigenous language conceptual devices that have been used to shape ‘community-controlled’ work.
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This subject introduces students to some important ideas around the Indigenous community development space. This unit explores the socio-political context in which contemporary Indigenous community development takes place and the importance of Indigenous methodologies in relation to knowledge production and CD practice. Some real-life examples of Indigenous CD will be examined using two successful community-controlled organisations as case studies. This unit will step between theory and practical experiences and examples to assist students in building their capacity to work with Indigenous communities and negotiating cross-cultural community development.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
- Self-reflection 1 (10%)
- Self-reflection 2 (10%)
- Workshop participation (20%)
- Self-reflection 3 (20%)
- Indigenous community development (40%)
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