Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

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.


  • 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
  • Government Human Rights Legislation - Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Affirmative Action
  • Professional Federations
  • Aboriginal Community Support Groups
  • Strategies for developing productive professional careers

Assumed knowledge

ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory course on Aboriginal studies.

Assessment items

Presentation: Talking Circle Oration and written essay

Presentation: Group Presentation

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment

Contact hours



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


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