ECN729 - Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in E730, E737


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Learning experiences are via the unit site

A minimum of 2 Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be conducted during the trimester.

The first BB collaborate to occur 2-weeks prior to submission of assessment 1.

The second BB collaborate to occur 2-weeks prior to submission of assessment 2


This unit equips students to think reflexively about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, communities and human rights in a contemporary Indigenous landscape, and develops an understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems as a starting point for teaching and learning. Opportunity is provided to explore and understand the theoretical concepts of race and racism and its impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The unit not only involves a focus on histories, cultures and political contexts facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but also an understanding and sensitivity to what is essentially required to engage and work with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners and communities in ways that are culturally responsive and respectful. This unit is developed in close collaboration with local Aboriginal Community, Elders and colleagues (particularly from Deakin’s National Indigenous Knowledges Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute). Consultation is a continual process that aligns with unit planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting.

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