Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course is primarily designed for students wishing to undertake a teaching career. The course addresses Aboriginal education and social policies that have impacted on Aboriginal communities, particularly in NSW; cultural differences and related pedagogues; teaching strategies, including anti racism strategies; and the inclusion of the Aboriginal community in the delivery of knowledge within the schooling system.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Recognise the importance of teaching Aboriginal Studies in the context of Australia's modern society.

2. Understand and encourage respect for traditional and contemporary Aboriginal cultures;

3. Learn appropriate pedagogy approaches for teaching Indigenous students;

4. Recognise the protocols of effective consultation with Aboriginal communities;

5. Gain knowledge and skills in combating racism within the school situation


  • History of Aboriginal education in NSW
  • 1996 NSW Aboriginal Education Policy
  • Aboriginal community involvement
  • Aboriginal learning pedagogues
  • Roles of Aboriginal education workers and the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
  • Development of Aboriginal perspectives into teaching
  • Development of Aboriginal Studies units
  • Analysis of cultural bias in resources
  • Examining racism

Assessment items

In Term Test: Examination: Class - 30%

Presentation: Group Presentation and Tutorial Participation - 40%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study - 30%

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


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

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.