First Australians and Social Justice

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    First Australians and Social Justice

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Indigenous Studies, Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Engaging social justice and human rights perspectives, this course critically analyses the various historical, political, institutional and social forces that have shaped welfare and health policies and practices for Indigenous Australian peoples. Pre-requisite : 80CP HSV courses or equivalent Incompatible: 2032HSV Australian Indigenous Practice
    Course Introduction
    The course critically analyses ideas and practices that shape contemporary approaches to human services and social work with Indigenous Australian peoples. Through an examination of a diversity of Indigenous voices within the wider discourse in Australia, past and current colonial politics, policies, practices and socio-economic imperatives are critically analysed from social justice and human rights perspectives. The course will focus on the history and impact of colonisation, governmental responses to Indigenous needs and the challenges of best practice policy-making and service delivery. Students will develop critical analysis skills through the examination and evaluation of various relevant social theories. The development of advocacy skills will be encouraged to enable students to engage the discourse around Indigenous human service and social work policy and practice within Australia.
    Course Aims
    This unit aims to convey a critical and broad analysis of contemporary ideas, theories and issues relating to Indigenous Australian peoples and social policy, practice and welfare. Students will explore appropriate methods of identifying and responding to the specific circumstances and relevant paradigms of Indigenous peoples and communities.
    Specific aims are to:
    Establish a sound basis for understanding colonisation, the phases of colonisation in Australia and specific policy measures through which colonisation is expressed
    Identify the discourses through which welfare, health and education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been constructed and rationalised.
    Examine contemporary theoretical and socio-political debates for ways of re-thinking the possibilities for welfare, education, and health practices with Aboriginal and Islander peoples;
    Support the development of socio-political awareness and critical analysis skills to evaluate the attitudes, values, opinions and beliefs that underpin mainstream representations of contemporary Indigenous Australians peoples and issues.
    Support the development of advocacy skills for the promotion of social justice and human rights for Indigenous peoples.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 extrapolate the implications for Indigenous Australians as a result of colonisation since British invasion;
    2 express a clearer understanding of the diverse identities, histories, experiences and therefore diverse needs of Indigenous Australian peoples who reside in urban, rural and remote areas;
    3 critically evaluate the attitudes, values, opinions and beliefs that underpin mainstream representations of contemporary Indigenous Australian issues;
    4 appreciate the extensive and complex manifestation of racism in Australia;
    5 examine the ways in which Australian policy, professional practice and mainstream institutions privilege whiteness;
    6 critically analyse and articulate the societal constructs, policies and practices that impact Indigenous Australians;
    7 articulate some principles of a practice framework for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
    8 apply critical analysis and advocacy skills.
    Assessment Summary
    Online Portfolio 40%/40
    Case Study Analysis 40%/100
    Online Quizz 20%/100

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.