Aboriginal Traditions and Policy

Unit code: AEK1105 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Self-Paced
St Albans


This unit of study gives an introduction to Indigenous Australian histories prior to 1788. The main themes of this unit will be: Indigenous Australian creation beliefs and epistemologies, the role of ceremony and ritual in traditional Indigenous Australian communities, the structure of traditional Indigenous Australian communities, the diversity of beliefs and customs among traditional and contemporary Indigenous Australian communities.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate an historical overview of Indigenous Australia;
  2. Critically analyse and use culturally acceptable inquiry skills;
  3. Inquire into and articulate the complex traditional systems of Indigenous Australian communities;
  4. Critically reflect on the impact of the diversity of Indigenous Australia; and
  5. Analyse and commentate on the impact of colonisation on the traditional life of Indigenous Australia.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online Quiz
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Group Presentation and Presentation Paper
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Critical reflection

Required reading

Students will be given their required readings in week one of classes.

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