Aboriginal Political and Reflective Learning

Unit code: AEK3204 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
AEK1105 Aboriginal Traditions and Policy; OR AEK1204 Aboriginal History and Political Movements
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Aboriginal groups and Indigenous Peoples globally are challenged by development, climate change and globalisation. How might Indigeneity be asserted to ensure an equitable and respected place in a 'multicultural', globalised context? In this unit students will investigate the links between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights colonisation and globalisation. They will also consider how global citizens might practice solidarity with Indigenous movements to address issues that impact all communities. Students will build on prior learning to investigate complex issues, through multi-discipline group work.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Investigate the colonial and global systems and structures that impact Aboriginal people and their rights in Australia;
  2. Integrate and manage their own discipline-specific practices, responsibilities and accountabilities within a diverse group;
  3. Articulate and demonstrate respect for cultural difference, diversity within Indigenous communities in Australia, and the value of an Aboriginal life experience as a social concept;
  4. Critically review and apply methods of problem-solving consistent with Aboriginal worldviews in socially and culturally diverse settings


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Briefing Note
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Report and Group presentation
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Advocacy Paper and Group presentation

Required reading

Readings will be made available via VUCollaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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