Working Ethically in Aboriginal Community

Unit code: AEK3203 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
AEK1105 - Aboriginal Traditions and Policy or
AEK1204 - Aboriginal History and Political Movements and
AEK2203 - Indigenous Perspectives On Sustainability or
AEK2205 - Politics of Aboriginal Art
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study will  introduce students 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.

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 a range of perspectives on 'working ethically with Aboriginal people’.
  3. Apply critical whiteness theory and self-reflection in regards to personal narratives, interactions and social conditions.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Presentation on Aboriginal case studies.
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Personal statement on appropriate advocacy
Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 50%
Autobiography and Critical Reflection on unit issues.

Required reading

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

Balanda: my year in Arnhem Land,
Jordan, Mary Ellen (2005), | Allen and Unwin.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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