Working with Aboriginal Communities

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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

Assessment Items

Presentation: Talking Circle Oration and written essay

Essay: Essay

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term