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Undergraduate | UNE-HSCS262-2023

Working with the impacts of Addiction on First Nation peoples, Families and Communities

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


16 weeks

Start dates

  • 26 June 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the causes and impact of addictions, and how these relate to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the history of addictions theory and treatment;
  3. identify the importance of adopting a culturally safe approach to community development work in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context;
  4. identify and analyse appropriate interventions for specific needs and the relevance of family versus community intervention; and
  5. describe culturally appropriate drug and alcohol intervention programs.
    • Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
  • To meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, culturally safe healthcare is as important as clinically safe healthcare. Research has shown when people experience culturally unsafe care, they turn away from health services even when this has serious consequences for their health and wellbeing. Studying this subject online, you will develop valuable insights into the underlying causes of addictions and explore drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs from a culturally appropriate standpoint. Examining the complex interplay of biological, psychological, political and social factors that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing addiction, your understanding of culturally safe approaches to drug and alcohol addiction will be developed. You will also learn about the relevance of family versus community intervention.

  • Assessment 1: 2000 words. Assessment note: Written assignment examining factors leading to drug and alcohol abuse and culturally specific treatment approaches for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3; Assessment 2: 1000 words. Assessment note: Online activities: May include online group work, online quizzes and online forum participation. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5; Assessment 3: 2500 words. Assessment note: Written Community Development Project designed to address substance abuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Relates to Learning Outcomes 3-5.

    • Assessment 1 - Written assignment (40%)
    • Assessment 2 - Online activities (10%)
    • Assessment 3 - Written Community Development Project (50%)
  • For textbook details check your university's handbook, website or learning management system (LMS).

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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • UNE-CRM-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Criminology


Candidature in the Bachelor of Criminology

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations).
  • Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units, regardless of whether they contain an on campus attendance or intensive school component. For additional information please visit UNE Hardware Requirements:
  • Other requirements -

    Textbook requirements:
    Textbook information is not available until approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the Teaching period.
    Students are expected to purchase prescribed material.
    Textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Bachelor of Criminology