Working with Aboriginal Communities

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Working with Aboriginal Communities

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Indigenous Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Description

    Develops an understanding of how Aboriginal communities operate in contemporary Australia. The course will provide insight for those wishing to work with Aboriginal communities. The course examines the structure and nature of Aboriginal communities. A holistic approach is used in assessing how political, social, and economic dynamics, as well as historical influences and cultural differences brought about by colonisation, have affected contemporary communities. All ABOR courses are constructed with the Wollotuka Institute's Cultural Standards Framework.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Develop an understanding of the processes of communication in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

    2. Understand the cultural differences in Aboriginal communities and Torres Strait Islander communities and the role of oral traditions

    3. Explore the historical and political influences on community structure

    4. Create an insight into the decision-making processes used in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

    Content

    Colonisation and its effects on communities
    Effect of cultural differences between Europeans and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    Communicating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    Oral traditions - what roles did and do they play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    Decision making
    Protocols within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    Respect - an integral part of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    Reciprocity

    Assessment Items

    Presentation: Talking Circle Oration and written essay

    Essay: Essay

    Contact Hours

    Lecture

    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

    Tutorial

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.