This unit of study will be an introduction to ethical issues facing anyone wanting to work in Aboriginal communities.  Students will be introduced to Aboriginal people's practices of working ethically in Aboriginal communities as well as the contested roles and practices of non-Aboriginal people in community and social movement settings.  Students will explore: the importance of land and self-determination; how 'race' shapes lives and social experiences; and the complexities of conducting ethical solidarity, collaboration and dialogue.

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AEK1105 - Aboriginal Traditions and Policy

AEK1204 - Aboriginal History and Political Movements

AEK1204 <b>OR</b> AEK1105 Pre-requisite requirements do not apply to the following courses: EBST, LBLA, LHWA, NBAS, SBOL, NBSC

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and reflect on Aboriginal peoples' contemporary agendas including land and self-determination.  
  2. Critically investigate and articulate a range of ethical issues regarding 'working with Aboriginal people.  
  3. Apply critical thinking and self-reflection in regards to personal narratives, interactions and social conditions.  
  4. Analyse the roles and practices of non-Aboriginal people in community and social movement settings.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Critical discussion on issues covered in unit. 30%
Presentation Group presentation on Aboriginal case studies. 45%
Journal Reflective journal on unit issues. 25%
Total effective word limit 3000 words

Required reading

Students will be provided with other relevant readings, as required.

Decolonizing solidarity : dilemmas and directions for supporters of Indigenous struggles
Land, Clare/2015
London/Zed Books