The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course will develop students' understanding of Aboriginal culture and the challenges faced by Aboriginal students when they attend formal institutions such as schools. The course addresses Aboriginal education and social policies that have impacted on Aboriginal communities, particularly in NSW; cultural differences and related pedagogies; teaching strategies, including anti-racism strategies; and the inclusion of the Aboriginal community in the delivery of knowledge within the schooling system.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

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 contemporary Australian society.

2. Understand and respect traditional and contemporary Aboriginal cultures.

3. Demonstrate appropriate pedagogy for teaching Indigenous students.

4. Demonstrate knowledge of strategies for combating racism in school settings.

5. Recognise the protocols of effective consultation with Aboriginal communities.

6. Understand the importance of Aboriginal education and social policies that have impacted on Aboriginal communities, particularly in NSW


The following topics and content will be covered:

  • History of Aboriginal education in NSW
  • 2008 NSW Aboriginal Education & Training Policy
  • Involving the Aboriginal community, partnership in Aboriginal education
  • Quality Teaching & Aboriginal students, comparing Aboriginal learning pedagogies & QT
  • Understanding Otitis Media & Aboriginal English in a classroom setting
  • Develop Aboriginal perspectives through contemporary diversity of Aboriginal Communities
  • Development of Aboriginal perspectives through literacy & numeracy
  • Analysis of cultural bias in resources
  • Roles of Aboriginal education workers and the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group
  • Examining racism

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Essay: Essay 30%

In Term Test: Examination 40%

Presentation: Case Study and Presentation 30%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks