IND201 - Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences: Historical Journeys-Contemporary Perspectives


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2-hour seminar per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


Student enrolment quotas apply to this unit


This unit provides in depth knowledge of historical and contemporary Aboriginal cultures in Australia and gives an overview of social, educational, economic, health, policy and political issues.  The aim is to empower students to understand current circumstances and develop appropriate skills and strategies that may be applied in a workplace or in liaison with Aboriginal Peoples or organisations. 

It examines;

  • the complexity and diversity of pre-invasion societies
  • relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal societies
  • the impacts of policy since invasion
  • community consultation and communication protocols and sensitive issues concerning appropriate terminology
  • lateral violence and workplace ‘cultures’
  • strategies for combatting racism
  • employment strategies and entrepreneurship
  • current perspectives of the location of Aboriginal Peoples in Australia
  • social and political movements/directions/futures
  • future directions and the interplay between contemporary debates – for example, Sovereignty, Treaties and Constitutional Recognition

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