Aboriginal Workplace Human Rights and the Minority Worker

Course code ABOR2381Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

Workers who are in the minority in professional workplaces, like Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, should have a sound understanding with regards to their rights both in the workforce and more general human rights issues to improve their professional experiences and ensure they are well prepared to counter workplace discrimination, racial abuse and ethnocentric bias. Being in a minority also brings about workplace issues surrounding advocacy, promotion and affirmative action which need to be firmly understood and place the minority worker in a position to counter effectively and assertively, such ill-informed or illegal practices.

All ABOR courses are constructed with the Wollotuka Institute's Cultural Standards Framework.

Available in 2014

On-Line from CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Hold an in-depth appreciation towards the human rights movement as it specifically relates to Indigenous peoples and minority groups in the workforce.
2. Understand current work place reforms based on Discrimination Act and Equal Employment Opportunity policy in Australia.
3. Have developed knowledge, skills and capacity to identify and use professional networking with other Indigenous peoples, community support networks and professional/trade union organisations.
4. Have developed skills, knowledge and strategic approaches to addressing minority groups, preparation for racism in the workplace.
5. Hold critical skills and competences in advocacy for workplace minority groups
6. Have an increased capacity for critical evaluation, thinking and analysis on Human Rights in the Workplace.
7. Hold highly developed academic writing skills, research capacity, engaging presentation style and productive group engagement.
Content- Historical overview of International Human Rights Movement and its workforce implications for minority groups
- Overview of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975
- Overview of other Discrimination Acts
- Australian Human Rights Commission workforce roles and responsibilities
- State Government Human Rights Legislation - Equal Employment Opportunity
- Affirmative Action
- Professional Federations
- Aboriginal Community Support Groups
- Strategies for developing productive professional careers
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeABOR1110 or equivalent introductory course on Aboriginal studies.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Lecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Written Assessment 2500 words
Presentations - GroupGroup Topic Paper 1500 Words
Presentations - TutorialIndividual Talking Circle presentation 1000 Words equivalent
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 ABOR2381