Australian Indigenous Education

Subject EDUC90425 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 30-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) or Master of Teaching (Primary)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Ms Bernadette Murphy


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Subject Overview:

A study of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous Australian) cultures: The origins, diversity, history and contemporary issues and initiatives of Indigenous Australian peoples. Strategies for working with Australian Indigenous children and their families in school and other contexts and appropriate protocols for working with Indigenous groups and communities. Resources and support services for teaching Australian indigenous studies and strategies for combating and eradicating racism in education and community services.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about Australian Indigenous culture;
  • Implement culturally appropriate practices for the inclusion of indigenous children and families in educational settings;
  • Identify and analyse issues in curriculum design and delivery that impact on racial and cultural inclusion;
  • Reflect critically on issues of racism in schooling and the education of children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

There are 2 assessment tasks:

  • An essay (2000 words) due mid semester (50%)
  • A portfolio (equivalent to 2,000 words) due end semester (50%)

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Collection of readings

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will have the knowledge skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate their professional role in building cultural understanding;
  • Understand the significance of developing their understanding of cultural protocols and practices;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient and self-regulating to support cultural understanding;
  • Have the ability and confidence to support relationships across different cultural groups;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base that informs their views on racial issues in education.
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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