Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Designed to increase the base level knowledge and understanding of the most effective means of communication with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities. The course covers an introduction of communication processes from traditional to contemporary situations. Processes surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols, decision making, communication styles including verbal, non-verbal, graphical, performance are studied The course also extends its exploration into the images of Aborigines in contemporary media.

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



  • Winter - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Improved communication practices between themselves and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

2. A basic understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communication practices and protocols

3. An introductory understanding of the diversity of communication styles

4. A basic understanding of the role of media communication in decolonisation


The course covers:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communication styles from traditional to contemporary
  2. Understanding and acknowledgement of diversity of cultural protocols
  3. Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages
  4. Exploration of oral, non-verbal, song, dance, art and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artifacts and communication tools
  5. Role of media communication image in decolonisation

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Report: Report

Journal: Journal

Contact hours



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.