HUMN 1070 Indigenous Australia: People, Places and Philosophies (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

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Description This subject 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 subject provides a solid theoretical foundation of Indigenous perspectives essential for the knowledge and professional practices in your chosen field.

School Western Sydney The College

Discipline Indigenous Studies

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this subject, students will be able to: 

  1. Outline precolonial indigenous Australian cultural and philosophical world views  
  2. Discuss the social, cultural and political implications of British colonialism 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.  

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to Indigenous Worlds, Standpoints & Research
  2. Indigenous Land and Country, Spaces and Places
  3. A Historical Timeline: Tracing Major Events from Pre-Colonisation to Today
  4. Contemporary Indigenous Activism & Identities
  5. Interrogating “Closing the Gap’’ and Other Policies in Relation to Indigenous Social Determinants
  6. Working in Indigenous Contexts 


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 30 minutes 10 N Individual
Learning Contract 250 - 300 words 20 N Individual
Learning Contract 1,000 words 40 N Individual
Reflection 5-7 minutes 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

There is no essential text for this subject. Please see readings on this subject's vUWS site.

Teaching Periods

Autumn Block 1 (2024)

Bankstown City


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Spring Block 1 (2024)

Bankstown City


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