Working Ethically in Aboriginal Community

    Unit code: AEK3203 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time
    AEK1105 - Aboriginal Traditions and Policy; or
    AEK1204 - Aboriginal History and Political Movements; and
    AEK2203 - Indigenous Perspectives On Sustainability; or
    AEK2205 - Politics of Aboriginal Art
    Students enrolled in LBLA are required to have the following pre-requisites: AEK2203 OR AEK2205 Students enrolled in SBOL and NBSC are required to have the following pre-requisites: AEK2203 Students enrolled in ABSW are required to have the following pre-requisites: 192 credit points of core ABSW Year 1, 2 and 3 units.
    (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

    Balanda: My year in Arnhem Land.
    Jordan, M.E. (2005).| Allen & Unwin.

    As part of a course

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