Working with Aboriginal Communities

Course code ABOR1370Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

Develops an understanding of how Aboriginal communities operate in contemporary Australia. The course will provide insight for those wishing to work with Aboriginal communities. The course examines the structure and nature of Aboriginal communities. A holistic approach is used in assessing how political, social, and economic dynamics, as well as historical influences and cultural differences brought about by colonisation, have affected contemporary communities. All ABOR courses are constructed with the Wollotuka Institute's Cultural Standards Framework.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Develop an understanding of the processes of communication in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
2. Understand the cultural differences in Aboriginal communities and Torres Strait Islander communities and
the role of oral traditions;
3. Explore the historical and political influences on community structure;
4. Create an insight into the decision-making processes used in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Content* Colonisation and its effects on communities
* Effect of cultural differences between Europeans and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
* Communicating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
* Oral traditions - what roles did and do they play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
* Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
* Decision making
* Protocols within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
* Respect - an integral part of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
* Reciprocity
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Lecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Talking Circle Oration - 1500 words equivalent - 40%
Write up of oration - 1000 words - 20%
Other: (please specify)Written Assignment - 1500 words
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ABOR1370