Aboriginal Studies

Study a teaching area in Aboriginal Studies for Secondary Education

Aboriginal studies is a Stage 6 teaching area of the Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) Key Learning Area. When you study a teaching area in teaching Aboriginal Studies for secondary education, you will focus upon learning how to educate High School students in cross-cultural awareness. You will study a range of courses, specialising in the experiences and perspectives of Indigenous peoples.

Aboriginal Studies explores Indigenous experiences and perspectives, with a focus on:

  • history
  • society
  • leadership
  • behaviours
  • beliefs
  • and related issues

In the process, this teaching area aims to support the deep understanding of Indigenous culture, history, and identity. Within the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree, Aboriginal Studies can be completed as either a first teaching area or Additional Teaching Area or as part of the combined Society & Culture, Geography and Studies of Religion program.

What jobs can you get with a teaching area in aboriginal studies?

Studying Aboriginal Studies as one of your core teaching areas will prepare you to teach junior and senior secondary school courses. As a field of study, Aboriginal Studies also develops a variety of skills, which students can apply to government sectors of employment.

You may find work in:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

Other career paths lead to Aboriginal institutions concerned with land councils, medical services, legal services, cooperatives and housing companies. Within this sector there are a number of positions that are Indigenous identified.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in developing skills in cross-cultural awareness for application in a High School classroom.
  • Goals to work with the Indigenous community in Australia to educate secondary school students about Aboriginal culture.
  • A commitment to increasing the level of awareness in Australian youth about the impacts of colonisation, many of which are still faced by the Indigenous community today.

What do you learn in an Aboriginal Studies teaching area?

Our teaching area is designed to prepare students to teach the Aboriginal Studies HSC course, and related topics in Junior HSIE classes. We offer courses in:

  • Working with Aboriginal Communities: An Aboriginal Studies teacher is operating with and within their local Aboriginal community to educate high school students about Indigenous culture. We offer courses to teach you how Aboriginal communities operate, and ways to communicate with their representatives.
  • Traditional Aboriginal Culture and Society: As a teacher of Aboriginal Studies it is crucial that you understand the complexities of Aboriginal culture and society. UON offers a range of courses to teach you about Aboriginal traditions, lifestyle, kinship, economic systems and more.
  • Communication and Aboriginal Students: The core of your teaching area will be learning about communication and the Aboriginal student. You will study how to ensure you are an informed teacher, who understands how to sensitively engage with Aboriginal students to facilitate a meaningful secondary education.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study a teaching area in Aboriginal Studies.

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.