The overall goal of this unit is to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, places and positionalities and standpoints in education. Through acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Peoples of Australia, this unit aims to develop a deeper understanding of the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples cultures, histories and languages of to promote reconciliation. 
  
This unit aims to develop an awareness of how to engage with Indigenous Studies and resources and how to apply them appropriately in educational environments. This unit will increase your awareness of how policies and ongoing colonialism impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This will be done by exploring elements of Humanities and engaging with content and place. This includes understanding key theories leading to an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders self-determination and sovereignty. 


Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
AEK1006

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate positionalities in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoints;  
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of Indigenous studies in educational environments through a humanities framework of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connections to people and place  
  3. Review and critically reflect on policies and resources in order to identify culturally appropriate approaches and strategies that support the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoints in educational environments with a view to promoting reconciliation ; and  
  4. Develop an understanding of key theories that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and sovereignty.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Review Reflection on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoints (750 words) 25%
Essay Critical review of theories and policies (900 words) 30%
Project Visual Journal demonstrating an understanding of place .(1350 words) 45%

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