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Subject details

  • Topics
    • A Royal Commission in Focus: Contemporary Aboriginal Issues
    • The 'Stolen Generation'
    • Race, Racism and Representation
    • Aboriginal Peoples and the Criminal Justice System
    • Aboriginal Youth and the Juvenile Justice System
    • Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
    • Aboriginal Peoples and Education
    • Aboriginal Peoples and Australia's Economy
    • Self-determination
    • Protecting Aboriginal Heritage
    • Land Rights
    • Terra Nullius to Native title
    • Reconciliation: What is the movement?
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - 1500 words (Take-home exam) (45%)
  • Assignment 2 - 300 words (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - 5-7 mins of spoken word equiv (35%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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