Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course is a core component of the program which will provide for professional placement for the equivalent of 210 hours work, in the associated workforce related to the students major studies and such placement will maximise Aboriginal related experiences in a cross cultural work environment as a minority worker. Placements are flexible and can be in paid, unpaid, voluntary or community organisations/workplaces, or private or government which will provide maximum experiences related to the programs objectives. This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. have had been provide with a real exposure to the professional chosen fields of students in their major subject area of choice.

2. gain knowledge and experience in genuine work related practices as a minority in the competitive work environment.

3. developed practical exposure to the theoretical and knowledge bases of the program and adapted these to practical workplace situations.

4. developed skills required for the workplace, including communication and team work

5. provide a cross cultural understanding of the political, social and economic world of work in the social justice domain

6. To develop and hone skills, knowledge and analytical skills in a practical real world environment


  • Putting theoretical & knowledge frameworks into professional real life experiences.
  • Understanding the role and challenges of being a minority worker.
  • Exploring the feasibility of advocacy in the workplace.
  • Identifying supportive networks within the world of work,
  • Practicing skills, knowledges and accruement gained in the program.
  • development of generic professional conduct and skills including Equity and Diversity and OH&S requirements
  • guidance in career planning
  • Working with or servicing Aboriginal community, clients or other minority groups.
  • Exploring the politics of work.
  • Understanding and maximising and identifying career opportunities in the professional work environment.
  • Making and maintaining productive work communication.
  • Honing of skills in workplace communication including preparation for competitive work environments.


Students must be active in the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice [12242], the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies program [40122] or the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies /Bachelor of Laws (Honours) [40188] to enrol in this course.

Students must have successfully completed ABOR1001 and ABOR2001 and ABOR3001.

Assumed knowledge

ABOR1110 or equivalent introductory Aboriginal Studies course

Assessment items

Journal: Reflective Journal

Report: Workplace Report

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Participation: Group/tutorial participation

Contact hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 210 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Total contact hours include students undertaking a component of 120 hours of approved field study work experience in an area which is commensurate with their chosen program major study. These hours can be accumulated flexibly


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term 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.