HUMN 1062 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

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Description This unit introduces students to the rich diversity: past, present and future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia with emphasis placed on the importance of identity, diversity, representation and resilience. You will engage directly with Indigenous sources and learn to critically analyse content from Indigenous Standpoints. Presenting as a challenging and thought-provoking experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, places and philosophies, this unit provides a solid theoretical foundation of Indigenous perspectives for the knowledges and professional practices in your chosen field.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Co-requisite(s) Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year Two units

Equivalent Subjects CULT 1020 - Working with Communities HUMN 1060 - Introduction to Indigenous Australia Peoples Places and Philosophies (WSTC) CULT 1021 - Working with Communities (WSTC)

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College. Students enrolled in Extended Diplomas must pass 40 credit points from the preparatory subjects listed in the program structure prior to enrolling in this University level subject.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Outline the history of Indigenous Australia since British colonisation.
  2. Discuss the social, cultural and political situations and circumstances that challenge contemporary Indigenous Australia.
  3. Explain societal misconceptions, ideas, attitudes and assumptions about Indigenous Australia.
  4. Discuss the importance of core concepts including identity, diversity, representation and resilience.
  5. Adopt a socially and culturally responsive personal and professional approach to Indigenous Australia.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 30 minutes 10 N Individual
Case Study a. Case Study Outline (10%) (200 words) b. Case Study Final Submission (30%) (1,000 words) 40 N Individual
Essay a. Essay Plan (10%) (300 words) b. Reflective Essay (40%) (1,200 words) 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 2



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2022 Trimester 3

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